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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

"The lightning", "Il lampo" by Giovanni Pascoli, English version with original text in Italian; Giovanni Pascoli's "Il lampo" from the collection "Myricae" (1891-1903)

Picture of Giovanni Pascoli as a teacher, 1882


The Lightning

And sky and earth showed what they were like:

the earth panting, livid, in a jolt;
the sky burdened, tragic, exhausted:
white white in the silent tumult
a house appeared disappeared in the blink of an eye;
like an eyeball, that, enlarged, horrified,
opened and closed itself, in the pitch-black night.

Il lampo

E cielo e terra si mostrò qual era:

la terra ansante, livida, in sussulto;
il cielo ingombro, tragico, disfatto:
bianca bianca nel tacito tumulto
una casa apparì sparì d’un tratto;
come un occhio, che, largo, esterrefatto,
s’aprì si chiuse, nella notte nera.

Giovanni Pascoli, from the collection "Myricae" (1891-1903)

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