ENGL 2210 World Literature II

Leopardi: Study Guide

"To Himslef"
  1. This poem was written in the aftermath of a deep felt but unrequited love.
  2. Whom is the poet addressing? The title indicates that he is addressing himself. Who is "himself"? How is it possible for oneself to address oneself?
  3. What do you think is the "illusion that the poet refers to in the second line? Why is the illusion dead?
  4. As the poet looks back at his life, what is his attitude toward the past? What does he think of life?
  5. What is his attitude toward death?
  6. What is his opinion of nature?