One way to bring together obscure imagery and real, particular things is, oddly enough... through allegory. Montale does something like this : tying together a network of allusions, so that what seems like a private or fictional story is actually a statement about contemporary events.

& thinking of Montale today... I suppose one reason my poetry has been dismissed or ignored by my contemporaries is that I come across somewhat like Montale's counterpart, D'Annunzio - the self-absorbed, egotistical, super-productive, narcissistic, reactionary individualist...

well, maybe. But today I see vague outlines of cultural-intellectual work to do... maybe. "The time is out of joint."

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