“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.


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

Come questa pietra
è il mio pianto
che non si vede

La morte
si sconta

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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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