Books: The Name of the Void

SELECTED POEMS by Eugenia Montale; translated by Glauco Cambon, G. S. Fraser, Robert Lowell, James Merrill, Mario Praz and others. 161 pages. New Directions. $5.

"I have lived under a glass bell," says shy old Poet Eugenic Montale. Italy's intellectuals have long since discovered that by putting an ear to the bell they can hear a harsh recondite music of commanding originality. Foreigners have been less fortunate. At 69, Montale has only recently made the cultural scene in France and Britain, and in the U.S. his poetry is virtually unknown. Transatlantic ignorance is now relieved by the first volume of Montale in...

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