Haiku for a Season / Haiku per una stagione

Paperback | October 27, 2012

byAndrea Zanzotto

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Andrea Zanzotto is one of the most important and acclaimed poets of postwar Italy. This collection of ninety-one pseudo-haiku in English and Italian—written over several months during 1984 and then revised slowly over the years—confirms his commitment to experimentation throughout his life. Haiku for a Season represents a multilevel experiment for Zanzotto: first, to compose poetry bilingually; and second, to write in a form foreign to Western poetry. The volume traces the life of a woman from youth to adulthood, using the seasons and the varying landscape as a mirror to reflect her growth and changing attitudes and perceptions. With a lifelong interest in the intersections of nature and culture, Zanzotto displays here his usual precise and surprising sense of the living world. These never-before-published original poems in English appear alongside their Italian versions—not strict translations but parallel texts that can be read separately or in conjunction with the originals. As a sequence of interlinked poems, Haiku for a Season reveals Zanzotto also as a master poet of minimalism. Zanzotto’s recent death is a blow to world poetry, and the publication of this book, the last that he approved in manuscript, will be an event in both the United States and in Italy.

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Andrea Zanzotto is one of the most important and acclaimed poets of postwar Italy. This collection of ninety-one pseudo-haiku in English and Italian—written over several months during 1984 and then revised slowly over the years—confirms his commitment to experimentation throughout his life. Haiku for a Season represents a multilevel ex...

Andrea Zanzotto (1921–2011) is the author of more than twenty books of poems and collections of prose.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:120 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.1 inPublished:October 27, 2012Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226922219

ISBN - 13:9780226922218

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“Composed directly in English during a period of writer’s block and later ‘translated’ by the poet himself into facing semi-independent Italian versions, Andrea Zanzotto’s fascinating Haiku for a Season constitutes a singular addition to world literature: a classic poetic form handled deftly by a master innovator and one of Europe’s major poetic voices.”