Assicurato
che il cuore non invecchia
il pentalaureato
si guarda nello specchio
con orrore.

—Eugenio Montale

 

Assured
that the heart never ages
the man weighed down with honors
looks at himself in the mirror
with horror.

—translated by Jonathan Galassi

This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 2 Number 10, on page 46
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