06-03-16

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Stéphane Hoffmann, Michelangelo, Teru Miyamoto, Nicolas Bouvier, Jan Kjærstad

 

De Engelse dichteres Elizabeth Barrett Browning werd op 6 maart 1806 geboren in Durham, Engeland. Zie ook alle tags voor Elizabeth Barrett Browning op dit blog.

 

A Dead Rose

O Rose! who dares to name thee?
No longer roseate now, nor soft, nor sweet;
But pale, and hard, and dry, as stubble-wheat,---
Kept seven years in a drawer---thy titles shame thee.

The breeze that used to blow thee
Between the hedgerow thorns, and take away
An odour up the lane to last all day,---
If breathing now,---unsweetened would forego thee.

The sun that used to smite thee,
And mix his glory in thy gorgeous urn,
Till beam appeared to bloom, and flower to burn,---
If shining now,---with not a hue would light thee.

The dew that used to wet thee,
And, white first, grow incarnadined, because
It lay upon thee where the crimson was,---
If dropping now,---would darken where it met thee.

The fly that lit upon thee,
To stretch the tendrils of its tiny feet,
Along thy leaf's pure edges, after heat,---
If lighting now,---would coldly overrun thee.

The bee that once did suck thee,
And build thy perfumed ambers up his hive,
And swoon in thee for joy, till scarce alive,---
If passing now,---would blindly overlook thee.

The heart doth recognise thee,
Alone, alone! The heart doth smell thee sweet,
Doth view thee fair, doth judge thee most complete,---
Though seeing now those changes that disguise thee.

Yes, and the heart doth owe thee
More love, dead rose! than to such roses bold
As Julia wears at dances, smiling cold!---
Lie still upon this heart---which breaks below thee!

 

 
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (6 maart 1806 – 29 juni 1861)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning en haar cocker spaniel, Flush. Illustratie door James E. McConnell


 

De Franse schrijver Stéphane Hoffmann werd geboren op 6 maart 1958 in Saint-Nazaire. Zie ook alle tags voor Stéphane Hoffmann op dit blog.

Uit: Les autos tamponneuses

“Je réussis une seule chose, au cours de ces semaines, un rituel : dix-neuf heures, champagne. Tous les jours. Tous les jours une bouteille nouvelle, une seule, au gré de notre cave. II y a des gens qui visitent les châteaux de la Loire, nous visitons la Champagne par ce qu’elle fait de mieux : ses vins. Et nous buvons en silence, seul le pétillement, sans nous permettre de ces commentaires que les amateurs se croient tenus de faire, ce qui m’a toujours paru aussi grossier que de parler pendant un concert. Hélène et moi nous livrons au vin de Champagne, qu’un seul mot transformerait en infecte bibine. J’aimerais alors lui parler des enfants, mais je n’ose pas. Pas encore. C’est trop tôt. Notre façon de nous retrouver, désormais : nous griser en silence. Voilà le mariage : des roses par douzaines, puis cirrhose
(…)

Pour me ressaisir, je me dis que, autant le champagne, cette légèreté qui électrise, va bien à Hélène, autant l’engourdissement du rhum semble convenir à Natalie, abandonnée à l’humeur du moment et n’y accordant pas plus d’importance qu’à celle qui va suivre. « Qu’est-ce donc que des jours pour valoir qu’on les pleure ? Un soleil, un soleil. Une heure, et puis une heure. » Ces vers de Lamartine, version 1830 de l’Ecclésiaste, ont toujours été ma pratique. Voilà pourquoi, sans doute, je ne ferai rien de ma vie. J’y ai juste tenu ma place, comme Natalie parmi les yachtmen, tout à l’heure, à la demande de son mari.
- Votre mari, c’est Lawton, c’est ça ? Jean-Charles Lawton ? Le pharmacien ?
Ce brave Dédé, toujours lourdingue. Le visage de Natalie se défait comme un pare-brise qui se fendille. C’est assez marrant à voir, on voudrait un ralenti. Elle approche la main du verre que je remplis en hâte, boit une longue gorgée.“

 

 
Stéphane Hoffmann (Saint-Nazaire, 6 maart 1958)

 

 

De Italiaanse beeldhouwer, schilder, architect en dichter Michelangelo werd geboren op 6 maart 1475 in Caprese. Zie ook alle tags voor Michelangelo op dit blog.

 

On The Brink Of Death

Like a frail bark reached that wide port where all
Are bidden, ere the final reckoning fall
Of good and evil for eternity.
Now know I well how that fond phantasy
Which made my soul the worshiper and thrall
Of earthly art, is vain; how criminal
Is that which all men seek unwillingly.
Those amorous thoughts which were so lightly dressed,
What are they when the double death is nigh?
The one I know for sure, the other dread.
Painting nor sculpture now can lull to rest
My soul that turns to His great love on high,
Whose arms to clasp us on the cross were spread.


Vertaald door John Addington Symonds

 

 
Michelangelo (6 maart 1475 – 18 februari 1564) 
Portret door  Domenico Cresti (Il Passignano), begin 17e eeuw

 

 

De Japanse schrijver Teru Miyamoto werd geboren op 6 maart 1947 in Kobe. Zie ook alle tags voor Tery Miyamoto op dit blog.

Uit: Kinshu: Autumn Brocade (Vertaald door Roger K Thomas)

“At length you glanced in my direction, then turned again to the scenery outside the window. Then you looked at me once more, your eyes wide with amazement. It seems as if we stared at each other for an eternity. I thought I should say something, but words failed me. I finally managed to say, "It's been a long time, hasn't it?" After responding, "Yes, it has," you looked at Kiyotaka with a blank expression and asked, "Is this your boy?" It was all I could do to answer in the affirmative, in a voice that was almost trembling. The clusters of trees with scarlet leaves flowing past both sides of the gondola were reflected indifferently in my eyes. How often have I been asked, "Is this your boy?" When Kiyotaka was smaller, with disabled limbs and a face that clearly revealed his mental retardation, some people would ask the question with an obvious look of pity, while others would contrive a sort of vacuity. Each time I would muster all my energy, look the person straight in the eye, and proudly answer, "Yes." Yet when you asked, "Is this your boy?" I was overcome by shame of a sort I had never experienced before, and replied hesitantly, in a weak voice. The gondola proceeded slowly up the mountain toward the landing platform by Dokko Pond. The Asahi Range was coming into view in the distance, while in a fold in the mountain below, the roofs of buildings in the resort town were minuscule points of reflected light. On the mountain slope, the lone red roof of a hotel, set apart from the others, appeared intermittently through gaps in the trees. I distinctly recall even now that for some reason it reminded me of a scroll painting from the Kamakura period depicting the flames of hell. Why did it make me think of something like that? Perhaps my nervousness and mental agitation had put me in a strange state of mind as the gondola swayed along. I should have been able to talk about all sorts of things with you during the twenty-minute ride, but I just sat in stony silence, thinking only of how soon we could arrive before I could get off. It was exactly the same as when we parted ten years ago.”

 

 
Teru Miyamoto (Kobe, 6 maart 1947)

 

 

De Zwitserse schrijver, fotograaf en journalist Nicolas Bouvier werd geboren op 6 maart 1929 in Lancy. Zie ook alle tags voor Nicolas Bouvier op dit blog.

Uit: L'Usage du Monde

“L’air de septembre est transparent, la vue porte loin, et ce qui domine c’est le vif brun montagnard tranché çà et là par un vol de perdrix, un bouquet de peupliers dont chaque feuille se dessine, les fumées d’un village. Aux endroits où l’eau le permet, des arbres rabougris bordent la route ; on roule alors sur un tapis de nèfles, de petites poires jaunies qu’on écrase, qui sentent, et dont l’odeur véhémente suffit pour transformer ces solitudes en campagne.
Solitudes ? Pas absolument. On y sent l’homme après la nature, mais une heure ne passe pas sans qu’on croise un de ces hauts camions vernis comme un jouet en bleu pervenche, en vert pistache, qui brille dans tout ce brun.
Un paysan sur son âne, une faucille chaude de soleil sous le bras. Un porc-épic. Ou une troupe de romanichels koutchi installés sous un saule avec leurs ours, leurs perruches, deux singes vêtus de gilets rouges cousus de grelots, tandis que les femmes – de grandes garces vociférantes – s’affairent autour d’un feu qui prend mal. On s’arrête, on s’amuse d’eux autant qu’ils s’amusent de vous, on repart.
(…)

A ce train-là, il se peut bien, le soir venu, qu’on n’ait fait qu’un seul petit col. Mais on n’a que lui en tête. C’est devenu une sorte de propriété. Au dîner on en reparle. On s’endort dessus, on en rêve. En pleine nuit la caravane dépassée à la montée rejoint l’étape, débâte dans un remue-ménage de lanternes et de voix qui vous réveillent : c’est encore du col qu’il s’agit. Pourtant il ne mérite pas même une mention sur la carte et les montagnes dignes de ce nom sont encore loin au nord. Ce n’est qu’une quarantaine de rampes au cœur d’alpages jaunis, et au sommet, une mosquée de pierres sèches dont l’étendard vert claque comme un mousquet dans le vent. On aura tout de même employé la journée à l’atteindre, le franchir et se l’approprier. Ici, prendre son temps est le meilleur moyen de n’en pas perdre.”

 

 
Nicolas Bouvier (6 maart 1929 – 17 februari 1998)

 

 

De Noorse schrijver Jan Kjærstad werd geboren op 6 maart 1953 in Oslo. Zie ook alle tags voor Jan Kjærstad op dit blog.

Uit: The Discoverer (Vertaald door Barbara Haveland)

„Yet he hangs there, rigid. Still holding his breath. Or am I wrong? Does he bend down ever so slightly? I think — I know it sounds strange, but I almost believe he is trying to kneel.
One hand fumbles with the knot, as if he means to undo himself from the rope. "Sit!" I call sharply. "Don't look down." But he goes on staring, seeming more mesmerized than frightened now. Or infuriated perhaps, contemptuous. As if this were a set-to with Norway itself, a confrontation for which he has waited years — to stand on the edge of an abyss, without a safety net. I can see temptation written large on his face. He could let himself fall. He could realize the cliché which will forever be attached to his story: that of his downfall. The final, glorious headline.
"You're perfectly safe," I shout. "It's all in your head." I'm jittery too now, I check that the coil of rope is securely fixed around the sharp rock next to me. I know I can trust Martin, who has led the way, hammering in pitons at regular intervals, and is now out of sight behind some large boulders, a short rope-length from the bottom of the chimney. Martin has climbed everything from the Bonatti pillar to Ama Dablam. But never with such a partner, a man who — according to the newspapers — lost his head and shot a woman straight through the heart. I am uneasy. The uncertainty of the figure huddled against the rock face radiates towards me. I may have miscalculated. Perhaps I should have said no after all. Then he turns to me. His face is calm. I can see that he is breathing, drawing the cool mountain air deep into his lungs, hungrily. He smiles, even raises his hand in a wave, traverses onwards.
Behold this man. Behold this man, the bearer of a mystery.”

 

 
Jan Kjærstad (Oslo, 6 maart 1953)

 

 

Zie voor nog meer schrijvers van de 6e maart ook mijn vorige blog van vandaag.

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