Antonio Di Silvestro

Behind and Beyond Memory: Intertextuality and Variant Readings in Giuseppe Ungaretti’s Poems ‘La morte meditata

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Keywords: Giuseppe Ungaretti, Petrarch, Poetry, Intertextuality, Philology, Variant Readings.

The essay presents a philological and intertextual interpretation of La morte meditata, a short sequence of poems included in Sentimento del Tempo. Starting from Petrarch’s Triumphus Mortis, through an articulated re-interpretation based on the fundamental words of his entire work (‘memory’, ‘dream’, ‘death’), Ungaretti recreates a new discourse about memory, which introduces to the new poetry of La Terra Promessa

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