The Complete Canti of Leopardi

Leopardi (1798–1837), translated by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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The Complete Canti is the definitive anthology of Giacomo Leopardi’s poetry, consisting of 41 works written between 1817 and his death in 1837. This collection, published in its final form posthumously, showcases Leopardi’s evolution from Neoclassical influences to a more distinct, introspective Romanticism. The poems delve into themes such as the futility of hope, the fleeting nature of happiness, and the stark contrast between the ideal and the real. Renowned pieces like L’Infinito explore the infinite in the finite human experience, while A Silvia addresses the untimely death of a young woman. These works are seminal in their exploration of human despair and the search for meaning, contributing significantly to Leopardi’s reputation as a forerunner of existentialist thought.

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Kline, A. S.

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