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Last Voyage

Selected Poems of Giovanni Pascoli

translated by Deborah Brown, Richard Jackson & Susan Thomas

Publication Year: 2010

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.

Published by: Red Hen Press

Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments

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Contents

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pp. 7-8

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Introduction

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pp. 9-12

In his preface to Myricae (1891), the young Pascoli (1855- 1912) suggests that his early lyrics comprise an elegy for his father, an elegy that both laments his father’s untimely death and asks forgiveness of him, and the reader: “They are like f lapping of birds, rustling of cypresses, far singing of bells: they don’t scorn a graveyard. ...

Section I. Lyrics

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pp. 13

Novembre

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pp. 14

November

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pp. 15

Il Lampo

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pp. 16

Lightning

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pp. 17

Diario Autunnale

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pp. 18

Autumn Diary

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pp. 19

Il Gelsomino Notturno

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pp. 20

Night-blooming Jasmine

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pp. 21

Temporale

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pp. 22

Thunderstorm

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pp. 23-25

Il Transito

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pp. 26

Passage

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pp. 27

Il Libro

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pp. 28

The Book

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pp. 29-31

Il Bacio Del Morto

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pp. 32

The Kiss of Death

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pp. 33-35

L’ora Di Barga

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pp. 36

The Clock at Barga

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pp. 37-39

L’ultima passeggiata

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pp. 40

A Country Walk

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pp. 41-57

X Agosto

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pp. 58-60

Section II. Narrative Poems

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pp. 61

L’etèra

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pp. 62

The Courtesan

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pp. 63-73

Solon

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pp. 75-81

Il sonno di Odisseo

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pp. 82

The Sleep of Odysseus

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pp. 83-94

Section III. The Last Voyage: L’ Ultimo Viaggio

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pp. 95

I. La pala

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pp. 96

I. The Flail

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pp. 97-99

II. L’ala

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pp. 100

II. The Wing

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pp. 101-103

III. Le gru nocchiere

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pp. 104

III. The Pilot Cranes

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pp. 105-107

IV. Le gru guerriere

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pp. 108

IV. The Warlike Cranes

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pp. 109-111

V. Il remo confitto

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pp. 112

V. The Tethered Oar

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pp. 113-115

VI. Il fuso al fuoco

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pp. 116

VI. The Spindle by the Hearth

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pp. 117-119

VII. La zattera

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pp. 120

VII. The Raft

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pp. 121-123

VIII. Le rondini

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pp. 124

VIII. The Swallows

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pp. 125-127

IX. Il pescatore

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pp. 128

IX. The Fisherman

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pp. 129-131

X. La conchiglia

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pp. 132

X. The Seashell

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pp. 133-135

XI. La nave in secco

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pp. 136

XI. The Beached Ship

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pp. 137-139

XII. Il timone

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pp. 140

XII. The Rudder

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pp. 141-143

XIII. La partenza

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pp. 144

XIII. The Departure

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pp. 145-147

XIV. Il pitocco

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pp. 148

XIV. The Beggar

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pp. 149-151

XV. La procella

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pp. 152

XV. The Storm

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pp. 153-155

XVI. L’isola Eea

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pp. 156

XVI. The Island of Aeaea

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pp. 157-159

XVII. L’amore

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pp. 160

XVII. Love

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pp. 161-163

XVIII. L’isola delle capre

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pp. 164

XVIII. Island of the Goats

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pp. 165-169

XIX. Il Ciclope

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pp. 170

XIX. The Cyclops

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pp. 171-173

XX. La gloria

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pp. 174

XX. Fame

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pp. 175-177

XXI. Le Sirene

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pp. 178

XXI. The Sirens

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pp. 179-181

XXII. In cammino

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pp. 182

XXII. Along the Way

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pp. 183-185

XXIII. Il vero

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pp. 186

XXIII. The Truth

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pp. 187-189

XXIV. Calypso

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pp. 190

XXIV. Calypso

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pp. 191-194

Notes

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pp. 195-196

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About the Translators

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pp. 197-198

Deborah Brown’s forthcoming poetry collection, Walking the Dog’s Shadow, won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize from BOA Editions. She is a professor of English at the University of New Hampshire, Manchester, where she has received the University’s Excellence in Teaching Award. ...


E-ISBN-13: 9781597093439
Print-ISBN-13: 9781597094870
Print-ISBN-10: 1597094870

Page Count: 200
Publication Year: 2010

Edition: First