Italian poetry?

I'm an avid reader, and it would be a wonderful challenge to immerse myself more by reading poetry in Italian. Reading lyrics from Italian operas and other songs tends to get repetitive, and reading Italian books is a bit too time-consuming right now. Can any of you recommend some websites or books of poetry in Italian?

Grazie mille!

March 8, 2015

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I don't know your level of proficiency, but reading poetry can be challenging in every language. I'd suggest you to give a glance to modern poets (Ungaretti, Montale, Palazzeschi, Penna, Gatto, Saba, Merini, Bertolucci, Caproni... you can find more here) and put aside those before the 20th century for the time being. Unfortunately, there are lots of online resources where you can get free ebooks for the oldest poets (namely, from Dante to Leopardi, check this), but AFAIK none for the most recent ones. You can try this online bookshop but I don't know if they ship worldwide.

March 8, 2015

Dover Publishers has a very inexpensive book called "Introduction to Italian Poetry.' It's not all-inclusive, but it has samples of most of the major Italian poets, including Montale, Leopardi, Dante, Petrarch, etc. It's a very good value and has both English and Italian texts.

March 9, 2015

Hello KAY-LAURA in this site you can find some italian books and poems or you can begin with AFORISMI DAI CLASSICI ITALIANI a collection of phrases taken from the classics of Italian literature and after with PAVESE, PASCOLI,CARDUCCI some more recents italian poets
Ciao dall' Italia

March 8, 2015

This is a poem of Giuseppe Ungaretti an italian poet


M’illumino D’immenso


1)I flood myself with light of the immense. 2) I illuminate (myself) with immensity

It is a very short poet but it is a very full of meaning

March 8, 2015

Actually, one of my family's close friends was a poet. His name was Giovanni Beleffi. He has a book called "Dal Cuore del Nanni." I think he was relatively famous here in Florence :). His poems in the book are about life before the war, during the war, and after the war in Florence. My favorite is " A Firenze," a sort of letter to Florence during the war.

March 8, 2015


March 8, 2015

Yes, sorry. "The war" for us usually refers to WWII

March 10, 2015

That is interesting. The two largest wars in history occurred on the European continent, while I am American and we distinguish between the two much more distinctly, even though we had minimal involvement in WWI. How come?

March 11, 2015

Frankly, I have no idea :/ I think it's because the majority of Italians who lived through "the war," lived through WWII, as probably very few (if any, because I am quite sure that generation is gone) Italians from WWI were still alive today. Also, technically, both wars were one war to us, because WWII was in many ways a continuation of WWI for us and many Europeans.

March 12, 2015

If you enjoy reading from facsimiles, let me recommend:[orderby]=4

This site actually sells books--but they also provide scans of the entire books! Their catalog ranges from the cinquecento to the novecento. There's an incredible number of books of poetry from the 16th century that have never been republished, and this site has some of those. Sonetti, madrigali & ottave rime forms dominate in those.

May 3, 2019

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