Literary Histories [Le storie letterarie]

I have always been of the opinion
that Shakespeare was a cooperative.
That for his jests he always used charlatans
like himself in genius but careless
of everything else except money.
Survival can't swallow too much.
At times it digests a platoon,
at others it distills a few syllables
and throws a monument in the wastebasket.
It reproduces like mushrooms, you might find
a whole lot of them at once, and then
you are empty-handed for a whole day,
or a year or a century. It depends.

Eugenio Montale
(trans G. Singh)


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