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Giuseppe Ungaretti

Giuseppe Ungaretti was born in 1888 in Alexandria, Egypt from Italian parents. In 1912 he moved to Paris, where he studied for a few years, without however getting a degree, and in 1914 he joined the Italian army. He fought in the Great War and his traumatic experiences there shaped his most famous work of poetry, L'allegria[?] (Mirth). In the poems of this collection he explores pain, the sufferings of war with great delicacy and beauty. One of his most famous poems is called "Soldati" (Soldiers):


Si sta come
sugli alberi
le foglie


One is as
on trees
of autumn
the leaves

He continued to write for the rest of his life, dying in Milan in 1970.

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