Giacomo Leopardi, Count Leopardi (1798-1837) was an Italian romantic poet.
The first collection of his uniquely pessimistic poems, / Versi/Verses, appeared in 1824, and was followed by his philosophical Operette Morali/Minor Moral Works (1827), in prose, and Canti/Lyrics (1831).
Leopardi wrote many of his finest poems, including his patriotic odes, before he was 21. Throughout his life he was tormented by ill-health, by the consciousness of his deformity (he was hunch-backed), by loneliness and a succession of unhappy love-affairs, and by his "cosmic pessimism" and failure to find consolation in any philosophy.
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Giacomo Leopardi was an Italian poet, philosopher and philologist.