Giuseppe Ungaretti

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Birthday
10, 1888
Birthplace
Egypt
Death Date
Jun 2, 1970 (82)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
10, 1888
Birthplace
Egypt
Death Date
Jun 2, 1970 (82)

About

Italian modernist poet, academic, and author known for poems such as "Mattina" and "Soldati." In 1970, he became the first recipient of the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

Before Fame

He was born in Egypt, where his father was killed while helping to dig the Suez Canal. Ungaretti was involved in trench warfare in Northern Italy during World War I.

Trivia

His poetry exemplifies the modernist literary trends of hermeticism, symbolism, and futurism.

Family Life

He wed Jeanne Dupoix in 1920 and subsequently fathered two children.

Associated With

He joined Benito Mussolini's National Fascist Party in the early 1920s.