In this Selected Poems we find a major new translation of the work of Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888-1970), a pioneer of the Modernist movement in Italian poetry and one of the leading Italian poets of the twentieth century. His verse is renowned and loved for its powerful insight and emotion, and its exquisite music. Yet unlike many of his peers, Ungaretti has never been adequately presented to English readers. This large bilingual selection, translated with great sensitivity and fidelity by poet, essayist, and translator Andrew Frisardi, captures Ungaretti in all of his styles and phases: from his early poems, written in the trenches of northern Italy during World War I, to the finely crafted erotic and religious poetry of his second period, to the visceral, elegiac poetry of the years following the death of his son and the occupation of Rome during World War II, to the love poems of the poet's old age.
Frisardi's introduction details the world in which Ungaretti's work took shape and exerted its influence. Along with the poet's own annotations at book's end (appearing in an in-depth Notes section, alongside the translator's annotations), an autobiographical afterword, "Ungaretti on Ungaretti," further illuminates the master's life and art. A Chronology and Index of Titles First Lines are also presented.
Here, finally, is a compelling and comprehensive version of the work of one of the greatest modern European poets.