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Classic poem of the day

  • The bravest battle that ever was fought!
    Shall I tell you where and when?
    On the maps of the world you will find it not;
    'Twas fought by the mothers of men.

    Nay not with the cannon of battle-shot,
    With a sword or noble pen;
    Nay, not with eloquent words or thought
    From mouth of wonderful men!

    But deep in a walled-up woman's heart -
    Of a woman that would not yield,
    But bravely, silently bore her part -
    Lo, there is the battlefield!

    No marshalling troops, no bivouac song,
    No banner to gleam and wave;
    But oh! those battles, they last so long -
    From babyhood to the grave.

    Yet, faithful still as a bridge of stars,
    She fights in her walled-up to

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member poem of the day

This is a beautiful poem by Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837) called “To the Moon.” Leopardi is considered by many to be the greatest modern Italian poet, though he has not often been translated into English, partly because of the difficulty in expressing his language in English. So please forgive my work! :P


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