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Today I Illuminate Myself Less: M’Illumino di Meno 2017

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Something I never liked about the Italian school system was memorizing poems. We hated it. We hated it so much we were looking for every possible shortcut to ease this torture. Some of the shortcuts were so efficient I can still declaim by heart Dante's XXVI Sonnet from Vita NovaAnd then there were the smart kids, those who thought they were better than the rest of us because they knew how to cheat (unfortunately, Italy is full of people like this). Those little geniuses (furbetti in Italian) were the ones who used to choose Giuseppe Ungaretti's Mattina as their poem. Here's the complete text below:



And in English (my translation):

I Illuminate Myself With Immensity

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