Giuseppe Ungaretti

Giuseppe Ungaretti (1888-1970) was born in Alexandria to Italian settlers – his father was a laborer working on the Suez Canal and his mother ran a bakery. Ungaretti left Egypt for Paris to study at the Sorbonne, where he befriended Guillaume Apollinaire, Paul Valéry, Picasso, Braque, and Léger. Ungaretti wrote his first book of poetry while serving in the Italian Army in World War I. From 1936 until 1942, he taught Italian literature at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. After the death of his nine-year-old son, Ungaretti published a collection of poems, Il dalore, which expressed both tragic personal loss and horror at the atrocities of Nazi Germany. Ungaretti translated into Italian a collection of Shakespeare's sonnets, poetry by William Blake, and Racine's Phèdre, among other works. He died in Milan in 1970.

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