On Fri, 15 Mar 2002 15:43:56 -0500, Henry Gould <[log in to unmask]>
>No, I think it's addressed to the Petrarchan/Dantean muse of Occasioni and
>its sequel, Storm & Other Things, his "Clizia".
Correct, Henry: Irma is 'Clizia'..
>At 03:30 PM 3/15/02 -0500, you wrote:
>>What a strange, disturbing poem this is, Henry. To whom is it addressed,
>>Mussolini or Montale himself, I wonder--Candice
>>on 3/14/02 8:29 AM, Henry Gould at [log in to unmask] wrote:
>> > This poem, which opens Montale's volume Le Occasioni, seems to
>> > several of the assertions people have been making on this thread.
>> > a historical-political aspect - it was written during the Mussolini
>> > THE BALCONY
>> > It seemed child's play
>> > to change the void yawning before me
>> > into nothingness, your certain fire
>> > into tedious uncertainty.
>> > Now to that nothingness I have bound
>> > my every sluggish motive,
>> > that arduous void blunts my yearning
>> > to serve you while I live.
>> > You have no eyes for any life
>> > but that shimmering you alone can see.
>> > You lean out toward it
>> > from this window, now unlit.
>> > (tr. Wm. Arrowsmith)
>> > I have trouble thinking of poetry as either a redundancy, or as
>> > meaning. Nor do I think of meaning as comfortable. Nor as the
>> > of shifting signifiers. But poetry is many things at the same time
>> > many people. . .
>> > Henry