Songbook: The Selected Poems of Umberto Saba

Songbook The Selected Poems of Umberto Saba Umberto Saba s reputation in Italy and Europe has steadily grown since his death in and today he is positioned alongside Eugenio Montale and Giuseppe Ungaretti as one of the three most important

  • Title: Songbook: The Selected Poems of Umberto Saba
  • Author: Umberto Saba Leonard Nathan George Hochfield
  • ISBN: 9780300181753
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Paperback
  • Umberto Saba s reputation in Italy and Europe has steadily grown since his death in 1957, and today he is positioned alongside Eugenio Montale and Giuseppe Ungaretti as one of the three most important Italian poets of the first half of the twentieth century Until now, however, English language readers have had access to only a few examples of this poet s work This bilingUmberto Saba s reputation in Italy and Europe has steadily grown since his death in 1957, and today he is positioned alongside Eugenio Montale and Giuseppe Ungaretti as one of the three most important Italian poets of the first half of the twentieth century Until now, however, English language readers have had access to only a few examples of this poet s work This bilingual volume at last brings an extensive and exquisitely translated collection of Saba s poems to English speaking readers.Both faithful and lyrical, George Hochfield s and Leonard Nathan s translations do justice to Saba s rigorous personal honesty and his profound awareness of the suffering that was for him coincident with life An introductory essay, a translation of Saba s early manifesto, What Remains for Poets to Do, and a chronology of his life situate his poetics within the larger context of twentieth century letters With its publication, this volume provides the English speaking world with a momentous occasion to rethink not just Italian poetry but also the larger European modernist project.

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    1. Among the 20th c. triumvirate of great Italian poets -- Saba, Ungaretti, Montale -- Saba is my favorite for the simple reason that he seems more open with his emotions, more curious in seeing the contradictory sides of life, at times more joyful and celebratory, than the other two. Ungaretti tends toward monochromatic bleakness and Montale, though a beautifully lyrical writer, is just too dense and enigmatic for me (which may expain why he won a Nobel Prize and the other two didn't?)Compare Saba [...]

    2. What is honest poetry? Does poetry need to be honest to be good? The answer to this question dominated Umberto Saba’s work. In “What Remains for Poets to Do?” he decries writers of anything other than what he terms “honest” poetry. “Whoever writes poems not because he sincerely needs the help of rhythm in expressing his passion, but out of mercenary or ambitious intentions, and for whom publishing a book is like seeking a decoration or opening a shop, cannot even imagine what stubbor [...]

    3. What a wonderful discovery this book has been! One of those very rare volumes of works by one poet where virtually every page offers something truly memorable. Saba is the most autobiographical poet I've encountered. There are so many delightful little gems: most appealing are those that speak to the poet's own experiences, first in his early youth and later in old age in his native city of Trieste. He is at times whimsical as in his account of a white dog and yellow butterfly in "Fable" or drol [...]

    4. Umberto Saba rodio se 1883. godine u Trstu, gradu koji će postati jedan od najsnažnijih motiva njegove poezije. Svoj rodni grad napuštao je rijetko, i uvijek mu se brzo, sa ljubavlju vraćao. Imao je naizgled jednostavan i običan život. U dvadeset sedmoj se oženio djevojkom koju je upoznao u ranoj mladosti. Prve godine braka dobili su ćerku. Kasnije, Saba otkupljuje nekadašnju knjižaru i pretvara je u antikvarnicu. Knjižarstvom će se baviti do kraja života, istrajno, tiho i posvećen [...]

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