9781597094870

Last Voyage : Selected Poems of Giovanni Pascoli

  • ISBN 13:

    9781597094870

  • ISBN 10:

    1597094870

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/01/2010
  • Publisher: Red Hen Pr

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Summary

This first appearance of Pascolirs"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 Pascolirs"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 Odysseusrs" 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.

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