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Poetry Eugenio Montale
Translated from the Italian by David Ferry

Anguilla, eel, sea-siren / That, making its way from those / Cold Baltic seas to get to ours, / Our estuaries, deltas, / And into our streams, and from / The profound beneath the river rises up, / Against the downstream impetus of flow, / Upstream from branch to branch and into ever / Smaller capillaries, seeking ever / Evermore to enter

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No. 07

No. 07


​Eugenio Montale originally trained as an opera singer, but gave up singing after the death of his teacher, and concentrated his efforts on writing. His first book, Ossi di seppia (Cuttlefish Bones), appeared in 1925 and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1975. 


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