“I am a creature” by Giuseppe Ungaretti

Yet another adaptation of a WWI poem by the Italian poet Giuseppe Ungaretti, sensitively translated by Marco Sonzogni and Ross Woods. The comic is the product of an ongoing collaboration with Sonzogni and Woods, and with the New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation at  Victoria University in Wellington.

iamacreature

And here are the original Italian words:

Sono una creatura

Come questa pietra
del S. Michele
così fredda
così dura
così prosciugata
così refrattaria
così totalmente
disanimata

Come questa pietra
è il mio pianto
che non si vede

La morte
si sconta
vivendo

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3 Responses to “I am a creature” by Giuseppe Ungaretti

  1. Marco Vins Della Motta says:

    An arresting and even chilling adaptation, Jools! I like to think Ungaretti would approve and be proud of such a tribute!

    • Grazie Marco! I was completely flummoxed as to how to illustrate this one until I saw some images of the military cemetery at Colle Sant’Elia, in which helmets and weapons sit atop various commemorative cairns.

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