The discussion from this week led me to want to learn more about Leopardi. In the lecture, Giacomo Leopardi was cited as being a poet that wrote about the idea of nature being the enemy of man. Leopardi is also known as one of the most radical thinkers of the 19th century, but was known all across Europe for his impressive romantic poetic ability. The poem which was being cited was written in 1836, and was titled La Ginestra, in English, “The Broom”. The title represents a plant that he sees as a symbol for the idyllic form of man. This desert flower can live in desolate conditions, and does not need help from any other living creature. To liken this to a man, the flower does not hold any false images of itself, and can fend on its own. The poem notes multiple times Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that erupted and buried the city of Pompeii. This is his grandest example of nature being a destructive force that works against man. Leopardi uses examples like these and symbolism throughout his poem to prove the point that life is fragile and death is the only absolute truth. Another widely used example is shown as the many sufferings of man on the way to the grave. In typical Leopardi fashion, the poem obviously takes a very pessimistic tone.