Eugenio Montale
Eugenio Montale

Who Was Eugenio Montale ?

Today’s Google celebrates the 125th birthday of Italian poet, prose writer, editor ,critic, and translator Eugenio Montale. He was renowned for his masterful ability to capture human emotion and  he is widely considered one of the greatest poets of contemporary history.He was recipient of the 1975 Nobel Prize in Literature .

Eugenio Montale
Eugenio Montale

 

He was born on this day in 1896 in the Italian port city of Genoa, Eugenio . Montale first worked as a baritone opera singer before finding his true voice as a poet. His first published collection was in a poem from “Ossi di Seppia”(“Cuttlefish Bones,” 1925), where he used the rocky Italian coast as a symbol to provide both his readers and himself an escape from the anxiety of postwar Italy. This critically acclaimed collection differed from the extravagant language in poems of the time, and represented a turn in the tide for 20th-century literary symbolists.

A famous poem of Ossi di seppia ends with these two verses:

Codesto solo oggi possiamo dirti, ciò che non siamo, ciò che non vogliamo.

In 1975, Montale’s uncompromising verse was recognized at the highest level when he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Often alluded to in the work of modern poets—Montale’s famously difficult poetry continues to have a profound effect on the literary world today.

So Here’s is the greatest poet Eugenio Montale …..Happy birthday, Eugenio Montale! 

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