“Ognuno sta solo sul cuor della terra” – translation in english of the poem


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Italian text of the poem

« Ognuno sta solo sul cuor della terra
trafitto da un raggio di sole:
ed è subito sera. »

Translation in english of the poem:

“Everyone is alone on the heart of the earth
pierced by a ray of sunshine:
and it is immediately evening. »

About this poem

“And it is immediately evening” it’s a poem by Salvatore Quasimodo. Originally the intense free verses of this short poem constitute the final tercet of a longer poem entitled “Solitudini” (Solitudes) contained in “Waters and Lands” (Acque e terre), the author’s first collection of poems published in 1930, including the lyrics written by the poet from 1920 to 1929 (some of which had already appeared in “the Solaria” magazine). A collection that represents, together with submerged Oboe, the phase of the first Quasimodo.

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