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Gerard de Nerval – Viale del Lussemburgo / A path in the Luxembourg Gardens

Walter Crane, Art and Life, 1907 She passed me, the young lady,lively and swift as a swallow,in her hand a shining lily,from her mouth a new song follows.She’s perhaps the only one in the landwhose heart to mine would react,who, taking my doleful hand with but a look would me impact!But no, my youth is felled…Farewell, …

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Torquato Tasso – Se ‘l mio core è con voi / If my heart is with you

Alessandro Varotari, called Padovanino (1588 – 1648), Venus And Mars If my heart is with you, as it wishes, where is my soul? I believe it is with thought: and the wandering thought is with the beautiful image; and the beautiful image of your beauty is in the mind alive and true and present and …

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Sibilla Aleramo – Sono tornata bella / I’m beautiful again

Tiziano Vecellio (Titian), Woman with a Mirror, c. 1515 I’m beautiful again and this may be  my last autumn. More beautiful than when he admired me under the sun, beautiful and idle to his absent eyes – like a leaf made of shadow. But some nights, into silence that no longer upsets tears,  I feel …

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Antonia Pozzi – Riflessi / Reflections

Arnold Bocklin, The Surf, 1883 Words – glassthat unfaithfullyreflects my sky –I thought of youafter sunsetin a darkened streetwhen a pane fell to the stonesand its fragments at lengthspread shattered light – (Transl. by N. Benson) Parole – vetriche infedelmenterispecchiate il mio cielo-di voi pensaidopo il tramontoin una oscura stradaquando sui ciottoli unavetrata caddeed i …

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