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about the poem
Giuseppe Ungaretti fought in the Italian army during WW1, serving in the campaign against Austria-Hungary. The campaign, fought in the mountains of northern Italy, was a particularly bloody theatre of war. Whereas the English war poets were elegiac and disgusted with the bloodshed, Ungaretti sounds a more ambiguous note.
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Last weekend marked the centenary of Italy's entry into WW1. Published to coincide with the anniversary, Like Leaves in Autumn translates the work of Giuseppe Ungaretti, pairing each poem with another by a contemporary, Scotland-based or Scottish poet. Ungaretti's poems are marvels of concision; as someone trying to learn Italian, his poetry is relatively approachable in its native form.