Admired for the poetical heights of his Canti, the gentle wit of his prose dialogues and the soul-searching questionings of his Zibaldone (Notebooks), Leopardi was also an acute social commentator and a sharp dissector of the human mind.
Thoughts – a collection of philosophical and critical observations put together for publication by Leopardi himself shortly before his death in 1837 – shows a more light-hearted side to Leopardi’s personality, and offers both those who are familiar with and those who are new to his works a fresh insight into the thought processes and the worldview of Italy’s last great polymath.
The miraculous thing about his poetry is that he simply takes the weight out of language, to the point that it resembles moonlight.
Born in Recanati in the Marche region, Giacomo Leopardi (1798–1837) became one of Italy’s most important poets and thinkers. He was notable in his writings for his avid thirst for knowledge and his stylistic meticulousness.