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L'Infinito - a lyric by Giacomo Leopardi

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"L'Infinito" is one of the main lyrics by Giacomo Leopardi, written during his youth in Recanati, Marche. The final draft dates to the period between spring and autumn 1819.

This seemingly simple poem, in its much studied syntax and words that are used as notes in a simphony, describes the perception that man can have of the philosophical concept of infinity.

The poet loved to wander in the countryside around his home in Recanati. He often ascended to his ideal refuge, Mount Tabor, and as he climbed, a hedge blocked the view of the horizon.

But beyond the hedge, the mind imagines space without limit, absolute silence and deep peace, that eternity suggested by the sudden wind, and in which the mind drowns, merging with the universe.

The Poetic Translation was by late Prof. Gaetano Giuseppe Castorina

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Sempre caro mi fu quest'ermo colle,
E questa siepe, che da tanta parte
Dell'ultimo orizzonte il guardo esclude.
Ever dear to me was this hermit hill,
And this hedge, which from so large a part
Of the ultimate horizon does sight exclude.
 
Ma sedendo e rimirando, interminati
Spazi di là da quella, e sovrumani
Silenzi, e profondissima quiete
But sitting and gazing, unended
Spaces beyond that, and superhuman
Silences, and profoundest quietude
 
Io nel pensier mi fingo, ove per poco
Il cor non si spaura. E come il vento
Odo stormir tra queste piante, io quello
I in my thought do fiction; where almost
The heart overfills with fear. And as the wind
Does rustle through these plants, I that
 
Infinito silenzio a questa voce
Vo comparando: e mi sovvien l'eterno,
E le morte stagioni, e la presente
Infinite silence to this voice
Go comparing: and occurs to me th'eternal,
And the dead seasons; and the one present
 
E viva, e il suon di lei. Così tra questa
Immensità s'annega il pensier mio:
E il naufragar m'è dolce in questo mare.
And alive, and the sound of her. So through this
Immensity drowns the thought of mine
And the shipwreck to me is sweet in this main