December 2, 2010

Andrea Zanzotto

Andrea Zanzotto [Italy]

Born on October 10, 1921 in Pieve di Soligo near Treviso, Andra Zanzotto is one of the most respected contemporary poets in Italy. His father, Giovanni, received degrees from the École supèrieure de peinture in Brussels and from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. During his early ears the young Andrea lived with his parents near via Sirtori, but in 1922 they moved to the house in the Cal Santa district which is often described by the poet in his works.

In 1939 Zanzotto enrolled in the College of Letters at the University of Padua, working at the magazine Il Bo. He received his degree in Italian literature in 1942, writing on the work of Grazia Deledda.
     He was called into military service soon after, but was deferred for asthma and other causes. He refused to respond to volunteer recruitment of the Fascist Party.

     Zanzotto taught for several years in high schools, contributing to numerous newspapers and journals, including writing a literary page in Il Corriere della sera. He published his first poetry collection in 1951, Dietro il paesaggio. Other books, including Vocativo, La Beltà, and Filò soon followed, further establishing his reputation.

A recipient of many awards and a skilled reader of classical as well as contemporary literature, Zanzotto has also published a long series of brilliant essays. Mondadori brought out two volumes: Fantasie di avvicinamento (1991) and Aure e disincanti (1994).


Dietro il paesaggio (Milan: Mondadori, 1951); Elegia e altri versa (Milan: Edizioni della meridiana); Vocativo (Milan: Mondadori, 1962); IX Egloghe (Milan: Mondadori, 1962); La Beltà (Milan: Mondadori, 1968); Gli sguardi i fatti e Senhal (Milan: Mondadori, 1969, 1990); A che valse? (Versi 1938-1986) (Milano: Scheiwiller, 1970); Pasque (Milan: Mondadori, 1973); Poesie (1938-1972) (Milan: Mondadori, 1973); Filò. Per Il Casanova di Felli (Milan: Mondadori, 1976); Il galateo in bosco (Milan: Mondadori, 1978); Filò e altre poesie (Milan: Scheiwiller, 1984); Fosfeni (Milan: Mondadori, 1983); Idioma (Milan: Mondadori, 1986); Poesie (1938-1986) (Milan: Mondadori, 1993); Meteo (Rome: Donzelli, 1996); Sovrimpressioni (Milan: Mondadori, 2001); Conglomerati (Milan: Mondadori, 2009)


Selected Poetry of Andrea Zanzotto, trans. by Ruth Feldman and Brian Swann (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1975); Poems by Andrea Zanzotto, trans. by Antony Barnett and A. B. Lewes; Peasant's Wake for Fellini's "Casanova" and Other Poems, trans. by John P. Welle and Ruth Feldman (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997); Selected Poetry and Prose of Andrea Zanzotto, trans. by Patrick Barron, Ruth Feldman, Thomas J. Harrison, Brian Swann, John P. Welle, and Elizabeth A. Wilkins (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007)

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