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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Ada Negri, La Danza della Neve, The Snow's Dance, English Translation

Ada Negri (February 3, 1870 – January 11, 1945) was an Italian poet and writer.

The Snow's dance, by Ada Negri


Upon the fields and the streets
silent and lightless
twirling, the snow

The white flake dances
cheerfully in the wide sky,
then on the ground lands

In thousands still shapes
on the roofs and chimneys,
on the boundary stones and gardens

All around is peace;
shut in profound oblivion,
the indifferent world

Translation in English by LiteraryJoint

Original text in Italian: 

La danza della neve, da Poesie di Ada Negri

Sui campi e sulle strade
silenziosa e lieva
volteggiando, la neve

Danza la falda bianca
nell'ampio ciel scherzosa,
poi sul terren si posa

In mille immote forme
sui tetti e sui camini,
sui cippi e sui giardini

Tutto d'intorno è pace;
chiuso in oblio profondo,
indifferente il mondo

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