Name that Latin/Italian/Greek/English poem! About death!
February 27, 2012 11:36 PM Subscribe
Name that Latin, Greek, or Italian poem... Can you identify this poem from my senile grandfather's sparse details?
posted by BusyBusyBusy to Writing & Language (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I had a long told with my charming, Italian-immigrant, unfortunately senile grandfather yesterday. He mentioned a poem he loves, which is very sweet and sad, about a father standing before the grave (or tomb or urn) of his son.
(Note: I specifically asked if it was Keats' Ode to Grecian Urn, and it is not.)
I would love to know what this poem is so I can read it, and maybe read it to him in the hospital.
The catch is that my grandfather is a non-native English speaker who is very well versed in Italian, Greek, Roman, and Latin poetry. He speaks Italian, English, and some latin. He switches between them in conversation, and this is happening more and more as he ages. So the poem could plausibly be in any of these languages. Because he loses his train of thought quickly, he wasn't able to give me any more details.
Any suggestions fromt the hive mind are very, very apprecaited! Thank you!