“Satura” by Eugenio Montale

Satura is a collection by Eugenio Montale that saw publication in 1971. The work encompasses and presents to the public the author’s writings composed between 1962 and 1970, after years spent working as a journalist.

Satura is divided into four sections, Xenia I and II and Satura I and II. The difference between the various sections is very important from a chronological and, consequently, thematic point of view: whereas in the two sections of Xenia, written between 1962 and 1966, Montale focuses on the memory of his wife, Drusilla Tanzi, who died in 1963, in Satura I and II, where we find texts from the years 1968-70, the author reflects in a satirical manner on events linked to everyday life. The poems thus acquire a diaristic flavour, in close connection with reality and everyday life.

In Satura I and II, a title that recalls the Latin literary genre of satire, characterised by the variety of topics dealt with and the language chosen, we witness a criticism of history and the poet’s contemporary world. The style of Satura continually oscillates between poetry and prose, mixing poetic rhythm with a more fluent, everyday language.



Francesca Politi



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