Salvatore Quasimodo was born on August 20, 1901, in Modica, Sicily. He became one of the foremost Italian poets of the 20th century, well-known as the leader of the Hermetic poets. He was fiery and powerful in his verse, commenting on the horrors of World War II as well as other modern social issues. In 1959, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Quasimodo died in 1968.
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