Selected Poems of Giovanni Pascoli

Red and orange pattern and trees

Taije Silverman


Princeton University Press

“This is a lyrical and learned introduction to one of modern Italy’s essential poets. The quiet openness and aesthetic finesse of Pascoli’s ‘little’ poems sound far truer to us today than the ringing odes of his near-contemporaries Carducci and D’Annunzio. It is Pascoli, in the end, who speaks to us most hauntingly and memorably. Silverman and Johnston have brought him wonderfully alive for contemporary readers.” — Jonathan Galassi

“This sensitive translation makes accessible to a new audience of English-language readers a body of work that often has the beautiful, lucid simplicity and compelling complexity of haiku, while capturing the mysterious depths of loss, longing, and evil. This exquisitely crafted bilingual volume is a gift to all who cherish the renewal of perception and understanding of our shared humanity, which only the great poets, like Pascoli, can provide.” — Rebecca West, University of Chicago

“What a marvelous book! Here at long last is a true rendering of the first modern in Italian poetry, a quiet foundational figure poised between centuries, a secret force akin to Thomas Hardy and Robert Frost. These translations of Giovanni Pascoli shine with the tears of things.” — Edward Hirsch, author of Gabriel: A Poem