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Eugenio Montale

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On the Threshold Summary

"On the Threshold" is a short lyric poem by the Nobel Prize—winning Italian poet Eugenio Montale. It was written in 1924 and published in 1925 in Italy as the first poem in Montale's Ossi di seppia (The Bones of Cuttlefish, 1983). The poem is also available in Montale's Collected Poems: 1920—1954 (1998), translated and annotated by Jonathan Galassi; in Eugenio Montale: Poems (2000), edited by Harry Thomas; and in Cuttlefish Bones: 1920—1927 (1992), translated by William Arrowsmith.

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