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Last Voyage
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This first appearance of Pascoli’s poems in English translation provides an introduction to his work for the English-speaking reader. The first section of the book includes some of Pascoli’s brief lyric poems, many of them displaying his innovative use of image narrative. We see scenes of country life in his village near Barga, Italy, in the Apuan Alps, at the end of the 19th century. We see the aurora borealis, chickens, donkeys, women hanging laundry, the new railway and men crushing wheat. The second part of the book consists of three somewhat formal narrative poems set in classical Rome and Greece. The book ends with a long narrative sequence, an exciting and poignant re-imagining of Odysseus’ famous tale told from the perspective of an old man. The aging hero falls asleep by the fire with Penelope and dreams a final voyage, in which he reassembles his old crew and visits the scenes of his earlier adventures: Circe, the Sirens, the Cyclops, Lotus Eaters and Calypso.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 9-12
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  1. Section I. Lyrics
  2. p. 13
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  1. Novembre
  2. p. 14
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  1. November
  2. p. 15
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  1. Il Lampo
  2. p. 16
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  1. Lightning
  2. p. 17
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  1. Diario Autunnale
  2. p. 18
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  1. Autumn Diary
  2. p. 19
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  1. Il Gelsomino Notturno
  2. p. 20
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  1. Night-blooming Jasmine
  2. p. 21
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  1. Temporale
  2. p. 22
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  1. Thunderstorm
  2. pp. 23-25
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  1. Il Transito
  2. p. 26
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  1. Passage
  2. p. 27
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  1. Il Libro
  2. p. 28
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  1. The Book
  2. pp. 29-31
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  1. Il Bacio Del Morto
  2. p. 32
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  1. The Kiss of Death
  2. pp. 33-35
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  1. L’ora Di Barga
  2. p. 36
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  1. The Clock at Barga
  2. pp. 37-39
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  1. L’ultima passeggiata
  2. p. 40
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  1. A Country Walk
  2. pp. 41-57
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  1. X Agosto
  2. pp. 58-60
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  1. Section II. Narrative Poems
  2. p. 61
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  1. L’etèra
  2. p. 62
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  1. The Courtesan
  2. pp. 63-73
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  1. Solon
  2. p. 74
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  1. Solon
  2. pp. 75-81
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  1. Il sonno di Odisseo
  2. p. 82
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  1. The Sleep of Odysseus
  2. pp. 83-94
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  1. Section III. The Last Voyage: L’ Ultimo Viaggio
  2. p. 95
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  1. I. La pala
  2. p. 96
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  1. I. The Flail
  2. pp. 97-99
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  1. II. L’ala
  2. p. 100
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  1. II. The Wing
  2. pp. 101-103
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  1. III. Le gru nocchiere
  2. p. 104
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  1. III. The Pilot Cranes
  2. pp. 105-107
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  1. IV. Le gru guerriere
  2. p. 108
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  1. IV. The Warlike Cranes
  2. pp. 109-111
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  1. V. Il remo confitto
  2. p. 112
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  1. V. The Tethered Oar
  2. pp. 113-115
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  1. VI. Il fuso al fuoco
  2. p. 116
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  1. VI. The Spindle by the Hearth
  2. pp. 117-119
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  1. VII. La zattera
  2. p. 120
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  1. VII. The Raft
  2. pp. 121-123
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  1. VIII. Le rondini
  2. p. 124
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  1. VIII. The Swallows
  2. pp. 125-127
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  1. IX. Il pescatore
  2. p. 128
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  1. IX. The Fisherman
  2. pp. 129-131
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  1. X. La conchiglia
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  1. X. The Seashell
  2. pp. 133-135
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  1. XI. La nave in secco
  2. p. 136
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  1. XI. The Beached Ship
  2. pp. 137-139
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  1. XII. Il timone
  2. p. 140
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  1. XII. The Rudder
  2. pp. 141-143
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  1. XIII. La partenza
  2. p. 144
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  1. XIII. The Departure
  2. pp. 145-147
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  1. XIV. Il pitocco
  2. p. 148
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  1. XIV. The Beggar
  2. pp. 149-151
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  1. XV. La procella
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  1. XV. The Storm
  2. pp. 153-155
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  1. XVI. L’isola Eea
  2. p. 156
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  1. XVI. The Island of Aeaea
  2. pp. 157-159
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  1. XVII. L’amore
  2. p. 160
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  1. XVII. Love
  2. pp. 161-163
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  1. XVIII. L’isola delle capre
  2. p. 164
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  1. XVIII. Island of the Goats
  2. pp. 165-169
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  1. XIX. Il Ciclope
  2. p. 170
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  1. XIX. The Cyclops
  2. pp. 171-173
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  1. XX. La gloria
  2. p. 174
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  1. XX. Fame
  2. pp. 175-177
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  1. XXI. Le Sirene
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  1. XXI. The Sirens
  2. pp. 179-181
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  1. XXII. In cammino
  2. p. 182
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  1. XXII. Along the Way
  2. pp. 183-185
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  1. XXIII. Il vero
  2. p. 186
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  1. XXIII. The Truth
  2. pp. 187-189
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  1. XXIV. Calypso
  2. p. 190
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  1. XXIV. Calypso
  2. pp. 191-194
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 195-196
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  1. About the Translators
  2. pp. 197-198
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