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Monday, July 31, 2017

"Il Passato" (The Past) by Giovanni Pascoli. English translation, with original Italian text. "Il Passato" (The Past) from the collection "Myricae" (1891-1900)

Giovanni Pascoli in 1882

The following translation of "Il Passato" (The Past) by Giovanni Pascoli is from the book "The Poems of Giovanni Pascoli: Translated in English, with Original Italian Text," published by LiteraryJoint Press (2017). Also available as Amazon ebook (Free on Kindle Unlimited!) 

The Past

I see again the places where once I wept:
now, a smile seems to me that weeping.
I see again the places where once I smiled...
Oh! how teary is that smile!

Il Passato

Rivedo i luoghi dove un giorno ho pianto:
un sorriso mi sembra ora quel pianto.
Rivedo i luoghi, dove ho già sorriso...
Oh! come lacrimoso quel sorriso!

From the collection “Myricae” (1891-1900)

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