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The first five rooms are still furnished with beautiful old pieces and the walls have their original paintings.
|Bedroom of Gabriele D'Annunzio and his brother|
Listening to Italian poetry helps me to understand the language better as it is usually spoken at a slower pace. D’Annunzio’s poems include sensuous lines with a sublime musicality that paints pictures with simple sentences.
"The Rain in the Pinewood" is a favorite of mine. In this poem the poet walks with his wife, Hermione, and invites her to listen to the melody of nature as the summer raindrops fall on the foliage in the wood.
Here is a sample verse that I have translated to English:
The Rain in the Pinewood La Pioggia nel Pineto
On the edges of the woods Sulle soglie del bosco
I can’t hear human words Non odo, parole
That you say, Che dici umane;
But I hear newer words Ma odo parole più nuove
Spoken by droplets Che parlano gocciole
And leaves far away. E foglie lontane.
Rain falls from the Piove dalle
Scattered clouds. Nuvole sparse.
Rain falls from the parched, Piove sulle tamerici
Burnt-out tamarisks. Salmastre ed arse,
It rains on the scaly, Piove sui pini,
Bristling pines, Scagliosi ed irti,
It rains on the divine myrtles, Piove sui mirti divini,
On the broom-shrubs Sulle ginestre fulgenti
Gleaming with clustered flowers, Di fiori accolti,
Thick with fragrant berries. Folti di coccole aulenti.
Rain falls on our sylvan Piove sui nostri volti
It rains on our bare Piove sulle nostre mani
On our light Sui nostri vestimenti
On the fresh thoughts Sui freschi pensieri
That our soul uncovers Che l’anima schiude,
On the beautiful fairytale Sulla favola bella
That yesterday enchanted you, Che ieri ti illuse
That today enchants me, Che oggi m’illude…
O Hermione… O Ermione…
Have a listen to this YouTube clip to hear the poem read in full and with feeling by Roberto Herlitzka. In the background is a gorgeous piece from the soundtrack of the movie Amélie and beautiful images accompany the words …
Which of Gabriele D'Annunzio's poems do you like?