Poetic Diaries 1971 and 1972

Eugenio Montale (Author), William Arrowsmith (Translator), Rosanna Warren (Editor, Boston University)

 

Poetic Diaries 1971 and 1972 is one of the Nobel Prize–winning poet Eugenio Montale’s final works, and it reveals the last act of the twentieth-century master to be one of splendid negation.

Poetic Diaries 1971 and 1972 is ruled by a brusque economy, and Montale’s is, here, a poetics of magnificent reduction. The poet meditates on the very conditions of his art: language reveals itself to be madness, and poetry a broken promise. The Muse has become a scarecrow: “She still has / one sleeve, with which she conducts her scrannel / straw quartet. It’s the only music I can stand.” And yet music it is, and time and time again Montale attains a contrarian grandeur that renews faith in the art he punishes. These poems are dense and dramatic, evasive and erotic and vividly alive.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • December 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34419-6
  • 5.5 × 8.2 in / 240 pages
  • Sales Territory: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Dry and luminous, sharp-edged and visionary. . . . William Arrowsmith’s translations [are] as tough, delicate, and unsentimental as the originals.” — Rachel Hadas

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