There have been eloquent versions of Montale in English, but they did not catch his agnostic, complex relation to his predecessors Foscolo, Leopardi, D'Annunzio. Montale culminates what Dante and Petrarch began, and Galassi conveys this fulfillment of Italian poetic tradition. --Harold Bloom
There are moments in the history of literature when someone rises to the surface and takes poetry in a radically unexpected direction, which also comes to seem an inevitable one, simultaneously blowing open a tradition and fulfillung it. Eugenio Montale provoked-he incarnated-one of those moments, as Valery or T.S. Eliot or Zbigniew Herbert did. --Edward Hirsch
Introduction by Jonathan Galassi.
5 x 8.25 in.