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Poetry. Translation. Dino Campana is without a doubt one of the most striking, dramatic, and exciting figures in Italian literature, and certainly one of the most disputed and controversial. Because this brilliant masterpiece, CANTI ORFICI, occupies such a unique and powerful place in Italian poetry, it is of fundamental importance for twentieth-century Italian literature. Interest in Campana has been growing steadily in the last twenty years, as witnessed by the proliferation of critical and biographical studies, and while translator of this book, Mario Luzi, has defined CANTI ORFICI as "il libro piu libro, piu 'oeuvre' del nostro Novecento" [the book more book, more "oeuvre" of our twentieth century], there are those who are now unabashedly calling Campana one of the greatest poets of the century.