Count Giacomo Leopardi

(29 June 1798 – 14 June 1837 / Rencanati)

The Infinite - Poem by Count Giacomo Leopardi

This solitary hill has always been dear to me
And this hedge, which prevents me from seeing most of
The endless horizon.
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Comments about The Infinite by Count Giacomo Leopardi

  • Gold Star - 68,481 Points Fabrizio Frosini (6/15/2015 1:10:00 PM)

    probably written in the autumn of 1819, it shows a keen sense of mortality conveyed in the dying of seasons and drowning of thoughts.. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 68,481 Points Fabrizio Frosini (6/15/2015 12:40:00 PM)

    una delle più belle poesie.. in assoluto.. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 68,481 Points Fabrizio Frosini (6/15/2015 12:40:00 PM)

    one of the most beautiful poems.. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 68,481 Points Fabrizio Frosini (6/15/2015 12:38:00 PM)

    another translation:

    ''The Infinite''

    It was always dear to me, this solitary hill,

    and this hedgerow here, that closes off my view,

    from so much of the ultimate horizon.

    But sitting here, and watching here,

    in thought, I create interminable spaces,

    greater than human silences, and deepest

    quiet, where the heart barely fails to terrify.

    When I hear the wind, blowing among these leaves,

    I go on to compare that infinite silence

    with this voice, and I remember the eternal

    and the dead seasons, and the living present,

    and its sound, so that in this immensity

    my thoughts are drowned, and shipwreck

    seems sweet to me in this sea. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 943 Points Stephen W (12/23/2014 6:18:00 PM)

    Withstands translation better than most.
    Well done! Keep writing: -) (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,139 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (2/3/2014 9:01:00 AM)

    Infinity is where we came from
    Infinity is where we will go to
    When we hear the mortal drum
    Beating the retreat song soon......

    I Welcome all ye poets reading this to my page too...... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 36,621 Points * Sunprincess * (2/3/2014 7:05:00 AM)

    ....sounds like a lovely and peaceful place..... (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,060 Points Paul Reed (2/3/2014 3:07:00 AM)

    Inspired, must read some more. I love the way he uses the hedge as the everyday barrier we can look through and beyond if we want to (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Night Flyer (2/3/2013 5:01:00 PM)

    Deep enlightening poem. The sentiment mirrors feelings and thoughts I've had while looking at the night sky. Think I'll check out more of his poems now. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 36,621 Points * Sunprincess * (2/3/2013 12:32:00 PM)

    the count's vision of the infinite is beautifully described! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 9 Points J-prof Kayode (2/3/2013 6:33:00 AM)

    mysticism is what leopardi is portraying trough his poem but it's only the inner egg that'll know, , , (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,969 Points Manonton Dalan (2/3/2012 4:15:00 PM)

    could it be count g. leopardi is describing
    his home where he was like a prison and
    in order to free himself he has to imagine
    in his thoughts? (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,116 Points Pranab K Chakraborty (2/3/2012 8:00:00 AM)

    Beauty of silence inherits someone by birth perhaps. We the others always in the line of making chaos. So eternity and the sense of infinite betrays to have the nectar of greater life which the poet paints by the spiritual ink....Nice the peace depicts the tranquility, not the war.

    Pranab k chakraborty (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,816 Points Ramesh T A (2/3/2012 2:21:00 AM)

    After reading the poem one will surely get the impression that Giacomo Leopardi is an Italian Wordsworth! Vast space and deep silence of hill and valley he has witnessed and the wind sound connects past, present and future of Nature in one by its infinity eternal! A highly philosophical and mystical poem to read! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,669 Points Elena Sandu (2/3/2012 1:30:00 AM)

    How melodious and sweet sounds this poem in one of most beautiful latin tongue! Thank you for posting in its both forms. (Report) Reply

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