Another year burnt out

Ancora un anno è bruciato,
senza un lamento, senza un grido
levato a vincere d’improvviso un giorno.

Еще один год сгорел
без сожаления, без крика,
взлетевшего, чтобы выиграть день.

Another year has burnt out
without regrets, without a shout
taking off to suddenly win a day.

The above three lines by Salvatore Quasimodo conclude his poem Già la pioggia è con noi (The rain is already with us), the poem he recited in his lecture after receiving the 1959 Nobel prize in literature for his contribution to the poetry of heremeticism.

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