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San Martino - by Giosuè Carducci

San Martino

San Martino is part of the collection Rime Nuove, which includes poems written from 1861 to 1887. In very few lines the poet recreates all the sounds, odors, colors of village life on an Autumn's day. The sounds of the borough - the new wine bubbling in the barrels, the wood crackling on the fire, are a peaceful moment, opposed to the fury of the wind that shakes the sea of human existence. The poem was also made into a song by singer Fiorello.
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La nebbia agl'irti colli
piovigginando sale,
e sotto il maestrale
urla e biancheggia il mar:
The fog to the steep hills
amid the rain ascends,
and under the mistral
the sea screams and whitens:
ma per le vie del borgo
dal ribollir de' tini
va l'aspro odor dei vini
l'anime a rallegrar.
but through the alleys of the village
from the bubbling vats
goes the sour smell of wine
the souls to rejoyce.
Gira su' ceppi accesi
lo spiedo scoppiettando;
sta il cacciator fischiando
su l'uscio a rimirar
Turns on burning logs
the spit, sputtering;
stands the hunter whistling
on the door to gaze
Tra le rossastre nubi
stormi d'uccelli neri
com'esuli pensieri,
nel vespero migrar.
among the reddish clouds
flocks of black birds
as exiled thoughts,
in the twilight migrating.