By Pádraig J Daly,

By Paolo Ruffilli

Joy and Mourning

Italian poet Paolo Ruffilli’s moving meditation on loss, rendered in a powerful English version by Irish poet Pádraig J Daly


Italian poet Paolo Ruffilli’s moving meditation on loss, rendered in a powerful English version by Irish poet Pádraig J Daly

A long poem, La gioia e il lutto / Joy and Mourning uses a form traditional to both Italian and Irish poetry (in which various people comment on the agony and death of Christ) in order to shed light on the suffering and dying of a young man with AIDS. Ruffilli’s voice is gentle and quiet, and the cumulative effect is both deeply moving and wholly relevant to our times.

“Ruffilli the poet is a great musician and he always carries the things that count into his music, thereby speaking at the same time to the heart and to the head … Ruffilli’s book is one that does not leave us in peace; on the contrary, it forces its disquiet onto us and paradoxically restores our vital energy.”
— Luigi Baldacci, Poetry International

ISBN 9781904556695 Paperback
Poetry Europe Series No. 19
216 x 140 mm
Dual language, May 2004. Reissued Jan 2007

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Weight ,15 kg
Dimensions 216 × 140 mm

Product Detail

  • ISBN: : 9781904556695 Paperback
  • Size: : 216 x 140 mm
  • Pages: :
  • Published: : 2004 / 2007

About The Author


Pádraig J. Daly was born in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford in 1943 and works as an Augustinian priest in Dublin. He has published several collections of poetry, among them The Last Dreamers: New & Selected Poems (1999), The Other Sea (2003), Afterlife (2010) and God in Winter (2015). His translations include a selection from the Italian of Edoardo Sanguineti, Libretto (1999), which feature in The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Italian Poetry, and Paolo Ruffilli's Joy and Mourning (reissued 2007), among others. Daly comments: "I write poetry as a way of understanding, questioning and celebrating God and the world." “Daly offers the most sustained attempt at serious religious poetry in Ireland and the distinct pleasure of the exquisite use of language.” — John F. Deane


Paolo Ruffilli was born in 1949 and attended the University of Bologna where he studied modern literature. After a period of teaching, he became editor with the Garzanti publishing house in Milan, and is presently the general editor of the Edizioni del Leone in Venice. Since 1972, he has published nine volumes of poetry. These include Piccola colazione (1987, American Poetry Prize), Diario di Normandia (1990, Montale Prize), Camera oscura (1992), Nuvole (1995) and La gioia e il lutto (2001, Prix Européen), first published in this bilingual edition by Dedalus in 2004. He has also published a number of novels, including Preparativi per la partenza (2003), as well as volumes of essays and translations from English.