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Help: Salvatore Quasimodo's "Dolore di cose che ignoro" in English
Thread poster: Neva M.

Neva M.
Local time: 11:09
Italian to Bulgarian
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May 30, 2007

Dear friends,
I urgently need the English version of Quasimodo's "Dolore di cose che ignoro", could anybody copy it for me from a book? Or, if there is no other source, make me a rough translation of it?
Here goes the poem:

Dolore di cose che ignoro

Fitta di bianche e di nere radici
di lievito odora e lombrichi,
tagliata dall’acque la terra.

Dolore di cose che ignoro

mi nasce: non basta una morte
se ecco più volte mi pesa
Con l’erba, sul cuore, una zolla.

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Raffaella Panigada  Identity Verified
Local time: 10:09
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English to Italian
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Quasimodo Jun 2, 2007

Hi Neva,

this is what I found on the net. There must be better translations, but until you find them...

Grief of things that I know not

Thick with white and black roots,
odorous of worms and ferment,
severed by the waters—earth.

Grief of things I know not
is born in me; one death is not enough
if often on my heart, behold,
a sod lies heavy with the grass.

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