“Oh! Come è necessaria l’imperfezione per essere perfetti!” Giovanni Pascoli, Il fanciullino, 1897
“Oh!How is necessary the imperfection to be perfect!”
As in the Platonic myth of the Phaedo exists within us a child who is confused childhood with us, but, even with the onset of maturity, it grows and continues to make its voice naive and primitive, suggesting the emotions and feelings that only a child can have. Often, however, this part which has not grown by adults is no longer heard. Instead the poet is one who is able to listen and give voice to the little boy in him and try to nature the same feelings of awe and wonder of your child or the primitive state of humanity. So the child is the perfect figure that makes us feel emotions and sensations that a grown man can not prove without him. The child feels sensations are beyond reason, leads us to tears or laughter in moments of tragedy or happy, save us with his ingenuity, is a dream, vision, abstraction. The poet thus becomes a perfect figure that can bring out the feelings of young child, although this needs imperfection to be perfect.The adult instead is not perfect because he can not feel those emotions that the child can prove.
Source (in Italian): http://www.aforismario.it/aforismi-imperfezione.htm