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Inger Christensen
Father - Son

I wish I could remember
whether I've done anything
the letter you received
was full of hidden meanings
the burning bush
did not burn me
this morning I got up too late

I wrote the letter
and never did send it
I lay at the stake
but never was burned
you sit in your chair
and nothing has happened

I wish I could remember
whether I've done anything

(from "Light", 1962)

translated from the Danish by Susanna Nied, New York, New Directions: 2011


@темы: links, scandinavian, c, 20, christensen, inger


Emily Brontë
R. Alcona to J. Brenzaida

Cold in the earth, and the deep snow piled above thee!
Far, far removed, cold in the dreary grave!
Have I forgot, my Only Love, to love thee,
Severed at last by Time’s all-wearing wave?

Now, when alone, do my thoughts no longer hover
Over the mountains on Angora’s shore;
Resting their wings where heath and fern-leaves cover
That noble heart for ever, ever more?

Cold in the earth, and fifteen wild Decembers,
From those brown hills, have melted into spring –
Faithful indeed is the spirit that remembers
After such years of change and suffering!

Sweet Love of youth, forgive, if I forget thee,
While the World’s tide is bearing me along:
Sterner desires and darker hopes beset me,
Hopes which obscure, but cannot do thee wrong.

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@темы: 19, b, english-british, links, victorian


Eunice Tietjens
To Jake

You are turned wraith. Your supple, flitting hands,
As formless as the night wind’s moan,
Beckon across the years, and your heart’s pain
Fades surely as a stainèd stone.

And yet you will not let me rest, crying
And calling down the night to me
A thing that when your body moved and glowed,
Living, you could not make me see.

Lean down your homely, mist-encircled head
Close, close above my human ear,
And tell me what of pain among the dead—
Tell me, and I will try to hear.


@темы: english-american, 20, links, t


William Butler Yeats
The Wind Among the Reeds. 1899
6. Breasal* the Fisherman

Although you hide in the ebb and flow
Of the pale tide when the moon has set,
The people of coming days will know
About the casting out of my net,
And how you have leaped times out of mind
Over the little silver cords,
And think that you were hard and unkind,
And blame you with many bitter words.

* Breasal the Fisherman - Yeats seems to have employed the name "Breasal" as a generic term for the genus "fisherman". In the 1903 North American Review version of his play The Hour Glass, the Fool tells the wise man: "Bresal the Fisherman lets me sleep among the nets in his loft in the winter-time because he says I bring him luck... (VPI, 584). But his poem may be inspired by Echtra Bhresail or "Bresal's adventure" recorded in The Book of Leinster and referred to in O'Grady's Silva Gadelica. "On adventure bent, "Bresal "dived down into Loch Laoigh, under which he abode for fifty years."
Wherever Yeats found the name, Breasal is a man on a quest and the object of the quest is a mysterious fish. Grossman makes much of the fact that Yeats later shifted the emphasis of the poem from the persona to the object by retitling it "The Fish", thus calling attention to the fish as the alchemical symbol for "the prima materia, the lapis philosophorum, the ultimate identuty of the self..." Th fish is also a Celtic symbol of perpetuity or reincarnation as recorded in "The Wisdom of the King" (SR, 21; VSR, 31), a symbols for Christianity.

@темы: ...logy, 19, celtic themes, e'ireann, links, y, yeats, w. b.



The oldest poem in English: Cædmon's Hymn (c. 670 AD) transcribed in West Saxon dialect in Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People. With Modern English subtitles.

@темы: 7, c, english, english-british, links, middle centuries, youtube


Simonides of Ceos
Epitaph for Leonidas and his Three Hundred

O stranger, go tell the Lacedaemonians
that here we lie obedient to our laws.

(from "Sweet-voiced Sappho. Poems of Sappho and other Ancient Greek Authors translated into English Verse by Theodore Stephanides", 2015)

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@темы: history, antiquity, 5 BC, helenike, epitaph, pittura, links, s, theodore stephanides



The moon has set, the Pleiades
are sinking from the sky;
the hour is late, The night half gone...
yet here, alone, I lie.

(from "Sweet-voiced Sappho. Poems of Sappho and other Ancient Greek Authors translated into English Verse by Theodore Stephanides", 2015)

cf. with this version

@темы: theodore stephanides, sappho, s, links, antiquity, 6 BC


Lizette Woodworth Reese

When I consider Life and its few years—
A wisp of fog betwixt us and the sun;
A call to battle, and the battle done
Ere the last echo dies within our ears;
A rose choked in the grass; an hour of fears;
The gusts that past a darkening shore do beat;
The burst of music down an unlistening street,—
I wonder at the idleness of tears.
Ye old, old dead, and ye of yesternight,
Chieftains, and bards, and keepers of the sheep,
By every cup of sorrow that you had,
Loose me from tears, and make me see aright
How each hath back what once he stayed to weep:
Homer his sight, David his little lad!


@темы: 20, w, r, links, english-american



Carl Sandburg
Chicago Poems. 1916
44. Two Neighbors

Faces of two eternities keep looking at me.
One is Omar Khayam and the red stuff wherein men forget yesterday and to-morrow and remember only the voices and songs, the stories, newspapers and fights of today.
One is Louis Cornaro and a slim trick of slow, short meals across slow, short years, letting Death open the door only in slow, short inches.
I have a neighbor who swears by Omar.
I have a neighbor who swears by Cornaro.
Both are happy.
Faces of two eternities keep looking at me.
Let them look.

@темы: english-american, 20, sandburg, carl, s, links


Lawrence Durrell
'A Soliloquy of Hamlet'

(to Anne Ridler)
Here on the curve of the embalming winter,
Son of the three-legged stool and the Bible,

By the trimmed lamp I cobble this sonnet
For father, son, and the marble woman.

Sire, we have found no pardonable city
Though women harder than the kneeling nuns,

Softer than clouds upon the stones of pain,
Have breathed their blessings on a candle-end.

Some who converted the English oak-trees:
The harmless druids singing in green places.

Some who broke their claws upon islands:
The singing fathers in the boats of glory.

Some who made an atlas of their hunger:
The enchanted skulls lie under the lion's paw.

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@темы: r, links, english-british, durrell, lawrence, d, 20, s, shakespeare


Allen Grossman
The Caedmon Room

Upstairs, one floor below the Opera House
(top floor of the building), is the Caedmon
room––a library of sorts. The Caedmon room
was empty of readers most of the time.
When the last reader left and closed the door,
I locked it and moved in for life. Right now,
I am writing this in the Caedmon room.
Caedmon was an illiterate, seventh-century
British peasant to whom one night a lady
appeared in a dream. She said to him, speaking
in her own language, "Caedmon! Sing me something!"
And he did just that. What he sang, in his
own language, was consequential––because
he did not learn the art of poetry
from men, but from God. For that reason,
he could not compose a trivial poem,
but what is right and fitting for a lady
who wants a song. These are the words he sang:
"Now praise the empty sky where no words are."
This was Caedmon's song. Caedmon's voice is sweet.
In the Caedmon room shelves groan under the
weight of his eloquent blank pages, Histories
of a sweet world in which we are not found.
Caedmon turned each page, page after page
until the last page––on which is written:
"To the one who conquers, I give the morning star."

@темы: english-american, history, 20, g, english-british, poetry, links


San Francesco di Assisi
Il Cantico delle Creature

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Св. Франциск Ассизский
Песнь брату Солнцу, или Хвалы творений

Всевышний, Всемогущий благой Владыка
Тебе – хвалы, и слава, и честь, и всякое благодаренье.
Тебе одному, о Всевышний, они подобают,
и ни один человек именовать Тебя не достоин.

Прославлен будь, мой Господи, со всем Твоим твореньем,
особенно с господином братом Солнцем,
который являет день и которым Ты нас озаряешь.
И сам он красив и, лучась великим сияньем,
собой знаменует Тебя, о Всевышний.

Прославлен будь, мой Господи, за сестру Луну и за звезды,
которые в небесах сотворил Ты: ясны, драгоценны они и прекрасны.

Прославлен будь, мой Господи, за брата Ветра,
за воздух, и тучи, и вéдрие, и любую погоду,
через которую пищу даешь Ты Твоим созданьям.

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© Перевод со староитальянского Петра Сахарова

@темы: 13, f, italian, links, ф


Dino Frescobaldi
Un’alta stella di nova bellezza,
che del sol ci to’ l’ombra la sua luce,
nel ciel d’Amor di tanta virtù luce,
che m’innamora de la sua chiarezza.
E poi si trova di tanta ferezza,
vedendo come nel cor mi traluce,
c’ha preso, con que’ raggi ch’ella ’nduce,
nel fermamento la maggior altezza.
E come donna questa nova stella
10sembianti fa che ’l mi’ viver le spiace
e per disdegno cotanto è salita.
Amor, che ne la mente mi favella,
del lume di costei saette face
e segno fa de la mia poca vita.

Дино Фрескобальди
Высокий свет невиданно прекрасной
Звезды, затмившей солнце и светила,
Что небеса Амора осветила,
Пленил меня своей красою ясной.

И, надо мною будучи всевластной,
И, возгордясь, что сердце мне прельстила,
На высшей тверди место захватила,
Луча свой блеск оттуда безучастный.

И как звезда, что вознеслась далече -
Так донна: жизнь моя сгубить желая,
Она блестит в надменном возвышеньи.

Амором, что мои внушает речи,
Иссечена из света донны злая
Стрела - он жизнь мою избрал мишенью.

пер. Шломо Крол (sentjao)

@темы: 13, f, italian, links, middle centuries, sonnet, ф



James Joyce
She Weeps over Rahoon*

Rain on Rahoon falls softly, softly falling
Where my dark lover lies.
Sad is his voice that calls me, sadly calling
At grey moonrise.

Love, hear thou
How desolate the heart is, ever calling,
Ever unanswered—and the dark rain falling
Then as now.

Dark too our hearts, O love, shall lie, and cold
As his sad heart has lain
Under the moon-grey nettles, the black mould
And muttering rain.


* "[C]omposed in Trieste shortly after his 1912 visit to the grave of Michael Bodkin at Rahoon, Ireland. Bodkin was the Galway sweetheart of Nora Barnacle and the man whom Joyce used as the model for Michael Furey, whose memory Gretta Conroy evokes in the closing pages of "The Dead." (Fargnoli and Gillespie)

@темы: links, j, english-british, e'ireann, 20


Франсис Жамм
С дубовым посохом

С дубовым посохом, в плаще, пропахшем сыром,
Ты стадо кроткое овечек гонишь с миром,
Зажав под мышкою небесно-синий зонт,
Туда, где тянется туманный горизонт.
Резвится пес, осел плетется, как во сне,
Бидоны тусклые бряцают на спине.
В селеньях небольших пройдешь пред кузнецами,
Вернешься на гору, покрытую цветами,
Где овцы разбрелись, как белые кусты.
Там мачты кораблей встают из темноты,
Там с лысой шеей гриф летает над горами
И красные огни горят в ночном тумане.
И там услышишь ты, в пространство обратясь,
Над бесконечностью спокойный Божий глас.

пер. Марина Миримская

@темы: links, 19, francaise, ж, symbolism, 20


Marianne Boruch
The First Layer of City

Concerning the lost and so
much of it, the Professor of Antiquities
is on TV again—

Think about that.

I love the word oxymoron like I love the word
hope loving him back such a long way.

The ancients then, via digital pulse. But never
to know except with shovel, brush,
magnifying glass. He dreams out the rest.

The rest is resting in dust. The rest too will

come out of deep down
petrified wood or gold or bronze
fierce, the spear end of it.

Not far, so many winged creatures
sculpted out of flight to peer from a ledge,
their grim human heads turned sideways, desert
a distance, a horizon. Column after column
holding up ago

what made it cool in there, made us all
the first days of the world: lie down,
close your eyes a moment,
listen to the fountain.

The Professor of Antiquities
looks into the camera as into what the Oracle saw
and says you don’t destroy,
you restore. All this time to recover
words for beer, for how-much-you-owe-me, for gods
and king, the body living or in death, what to do,
what’s elegy and next
marked on clay tablets with a stick.

First lost layer of city. Shock-seizure
of flames larger than night
after night some year B.C. burning back
temple or palace until

safe all words, safe,
slow-fired to stone in the lower chamber
when everything, everything else—


@темы: links, english-american, b, antiquity, 21


Tyler Mills
House of Père Lacroix

I thought I would write a novel
about the window with its shadow
set in the two-story house.
Cézanne stands at the sunchoke hedge,
alone and licking a brush
among the tree’s traces of changing shade.
The woman—I named her
and almost saw her—could be
flapping a pillowcase at the shutter
as though fanning a fire
that takes the frame by its walls.
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The House of Pere Lacroix in Auvers, 1873 - Paul Cezanne


@темы: pittura, m, links, francaise, english-american, c, art, 21, 19



Pure Poetry