Montale’s ‘I miraggi’ as Nostalgia for Modernism

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In accepting the Nobel prize for literature in 1975 Montale posed the question of whether poetry was still possible in a culture, as he saw it, increasingly dominated by consumerism and mass media. He returned to the question in ‘I miraggi’, a poem written eighteen months later, which is both a highly allusive and subtle meditation on the nature and relationship of the different arts and a nostalgic evocation of the modernist epiphany.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-104
Number of pages13
JournalItalian Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2012


  • Montale
  • poetry
  • modernism
  • ekphrasis
  • nostalgia


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