13-06-17

Fernando Pessoa , Willem Brakman, William Butler Yeats, Thomas Heerma van Voss, Tristane Banon, Marcel Theroux, Lode Zielens, Dorothy L. Sayers, Franz Alfred Muth

 

De Portugese dichter en schrijver Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa werd geboren in Lissabon op 13 juni 1888. Zie ook alle tags voor Fernando Pessoa op dit blog.

 

Sonnet II

If that apparent part of life's delight
Our tingled flesh-sense circumscribes were seen
By aught save reflex and co-carnal sight,
Joy, flesh and life might prove but a gross screen.
Haply Truth's body is no eyable being,
Appearance even as appearance lies,
Haply our close, dark, vague, warm sense of seeing
Is the choked vision of blindfolded eyes.
Wherefrom what comes to thought's sense of life? Nought.
All is either the irrational world we see
Or some aught-else whose being-unknown doth rot
Its use for our thought's use. Whence taketh me
A qualm-like ache of life, a body-deep
Soul-hate of what we seek and what we weep.

 

 

Sonnet III

When I do think my meanest line shall be
More in Time's use than my creating whole,
That future eyes more clearly shall feel me
In this inked page than in my direct soul;
When I conjecture put to make me seeing
Good readers of me in some aftertime,
Thankful to some idea of my being
That doth not even my with gone true soul rime;
An anger at the essence of the world,
That makes this thus, or thinkable this wise,
Takes my soul by the throat and makes it hurled
In nightly horrors of despaired surmise,
And I become the mere sense of a rage
That lacks the very words whose waste might 'suage.

 

 

Sonnet IV

I could not think of thee as piecèd rot,
Yet such thou wert, for thou hadst been long dead;
Yet thou liv'dst entire in my seeing thought
And what thou wert in me had never fled.
Nay, I had fixed the moments of thy beauty-
Thy ebbing smile, thy kiss's readiness,
And memory had taught my heart the duty
To know thee ever at that deathlessness.
But when I came where thou wert laid, and saw
The natural flowers ignoring thee sans blame,
And the encroaching grass, with casual flaw,
Framing the stone to age where was thy name,
I knew not how to feel, nor what to be
Towards thy fate's material secrecy.

 

 
Fernando Pessoa (13 juni 1888 – 30 november 1935)
Fernando Pessoa door João Beja

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13-06-15

Fernando Pessoa , Willem Brakman, William Butler Yeats, Thomas Heerma van Voss, Tristane Banon, Dorothy L. Sayers, Marcel Theroux

 

De Portugese dichter en schrijver Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa werd geboren in Lissabon op 13 juni 1888. Zie ook alle tags voor Fernando Pessoa op dit blog.

 

I don’t know if the stars rule the world

I don’t know if the stars rule the world
Or if Tarot or playing cards
Can reveal anything.
I don’t know if the rolling of dice
Can lead to any conclusion.
But I also don’t know
If anything is attained
By living the way most people do.

Yes, I don’t know
If I should believe in this daily rising sun
Whose authenticity no one can guarantee me,
Or if it would be better (because better or more convenient)
To believe in some other sun,
One that shines even at night,
Some profound incandescence of things,
Surpassing my understanding.

For now...
(Let’s take it slow)
For now
I have an absolutely secure grip on the stair-rail,
I secure it with my hand –
This rail that doesn’t belong to me
And that I lean on as I ascend...
Yes... I ascend...
I ascend to this:
I don’t know if the stars rule the world.

 

 

Magnificat

When will this inner night – the universe – end
And I – my soul – have my day?
When will I wake up from being awake?
I don’t know. The sun shines on high
And cannot be looked at.
The stars coldly blink
And cannot be counted.
The heart beats aloofly
And cannot be heard.
When will this drama without theater
– Or this theater without drama – end
So that I can go home?
Where? How? When?
O cat staring at me with eyes of life, Who lurks in your depths?
It’s Him! It’s him!
Like Joshua he’ll order the sun to stop, and I’ll wake up,
And it will be day.
Smile, my soul, in your slumber!
Smile, my soul: it will be day!

 

 

Countless lives inhabit us

Countless lives inhabit us.
I don’t know, when I think or feel,
Who it is that thinks or feels.
I am merely the place
Where things are thought or felt.

I have more than just one soul.
There are more I’s than I myself.
I exist, nevertheless,
Indifferent to them all.
I silence them: I speak.

The crossing urges of what
I feel or do not feel
Struggle in who I am, but I
Ignore them. They dictate nothing
To the I I know: I write.

 

Vertaald door Richard Zenith

 

 

 
Fernando Pessoa (13 juni 1888 – 30 november 1935)

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13-06-14

Fernando Pessoa , Willem Brakman, William Butler Yeats, Thomas Heerma van Voss, Tristane Banon, Dorothy L. Sayers, Marcel Theroux

 

De Portugese dichter en schrijver Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa werd geboren in Lissabon op 13 juni 1888. Zie ook alle tags voor Fernando Pessoa op dit blog.

 

To see the fields and the river

To see the fields and the river
It isn't enough to open the window.
To see the trees and the flowers
It isn't enough not to be blind.
It is also necessary to have no philosophy.
With philosophy there are no trees, just ideas.
There is only each one of us, like a cave.
There is only a shut window, and the whole world outside,
And a dream of what could be seen if the window were opened,
Which is never what is seen when the window is opened.

 

 

Oxfordshire

I want the good, I want the bad, and in the end I want nothing.
I toss in bed, uncomfortable on my right side, on my left side,
And on my consciousness of existing.
I’m universally uncomfortable, metaphysically uncomfortable,
But what’s even worse is my headache.
That’s more serious than the meaning of the universe.

Once, while walking in the country around Oxford,
I saw up ahead, beyond a bend in the road,
A church steeple towering above the houses of a hamlet or village.
The photographic image of that non-event has remained with me
Like a horizontal wrinkle marring a trouser’s crease.
Today it seems relevant...
From the road I associated that steeple with spirituality,
The faith of all ages, and practical charity.
When I arrived at the village, the steeple was a steeple
And, what’s more, there it was.

You can be happy in Australia, as long as you don’t go there.

 

 

The gods grant nothing more than life

The gods grant nothing more than life,
So let us reject whatever lifts us
            To unbreathable heights,
            Eternal but flowerless.
All that we need to accept is science,
And as long as the blood in our veins still pulses
            And love does not shrivel,
            Let us go on
Like panes of glass: transparent to light,
Pattered by the sad rain trickling down,
            Warmed by the sun,
            And reflecting a little.

 

Vertaald door Richard Zenith

 

 

 
Fernando Pessoa (13 juni 1888 – 30 november 1935)

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13-06-12

William Butler Yeats, Lode Zielens, Dorothy L. Sayers, Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau

 

De Ierse dichter, toneelschrijver en mysticus William Butler Yeats werd geboren in Sandymount bij Dublin op 13 juni 1865. Zie ook alle tags voor William Butler Yeats op dit blog.

 

 

A Drunken Man's Praise Of Sobriety

 

COME swish around, my pretty punk,
And keep me dancing still
That I may stay a sober man
Although I drink my fill.

Sobriety is a jewel
That I do much adore;
And therefore keep me dancing
Though drunkards lie and snore.
O mind your feet, O mind your feet,
Keep dancing like a wave,
And under every dancer
A dead man in his grave.
No ups and downs, my pretty,
A mermaid, not a punk;
A drunkard is a dead man,
And all dead men are drunk.

 

 

 

 

A Dream Of Death

 

I DREAMED that one had died in a strange place
Near no accustomed hand,
And they had nailed the boards above her face,
The peasants of that land,
Wondering to lay her in that solitude,
And raised above her mound
A cross they had made out of two bits of wood,
And planted cypress round;
And left her to the indifferent stars above
Until I carved these words:
i{She was more beautiful than thy first love,}
i{But now lies under boards.}

 

 

 

A Man Young And Old: I. First Love

 

Though nurtured like the sailing moon
In beauty's murderous brood,
She walked awhile and blushed awhile
And on my pathway stood
Until I thought her body bore
A heart of flesh and blood.

But since I laid a hand thereon
And found a heart of stone
I have attempted many things
And not a thing is done,
For every hand is lunatic
That travels on the moon.

She smiled and that transfigured me
And left me but a lout,
Maundering here, and maundering there,
Emptier of thought
Than the heavenly circuit of its stars
When the moon sails out.

 

 

 

William Butler Yeats (13 juni 1865 – 28 januari 1939)

Standbeeld in Sligo, County Sligo (detail)

 

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13-06-11

Lode Zielens, Dorothy L. Sayers, Fanny Burney, Heinrich Hoffmann

 

De Vlaamse schrijver Lode Zielens werd geboren in Antwerpen op 13 juni 1901. Zie ook mijn blog van 13 juni 2007 en ook mijn blog van 13 juni 2009 ook mijn blog van 13 juni 2010.

 

Uit: Forebon

 

De meneer, die dezen Zaterdag namiddag even voor drie uur in de Antwerpsche tram zit - lijn 12, naar het Gerechtshof - is inderdaad de griffier Forebon. Of wilt ge hem Bonfore noemen? Hij leest, hij leest zelfs zeer aandachtig, wat inderdaad zeldzaam is bij een griffier, veeleer gewoon dossiers vluchtig door te nemen. De griffier is dus geheel in zijn lectuur verdiept. Hij merkt de halten niet op; klein zit hij, in schraalheid gedoken; dit zelf opgelegd bewuste, dit eigenhandig aangekweekte besef van zelfwaardigheid zijn totaal weg. Het is of de griffier op zijn beurt met iemand wordt geconfronteerd en deze confrontatie hem niet gunstig uitvalt. Met een zekere gejaagdheid, bijna drift te noemen, slaat hij de bladzijden van het boek om.

Achter, op het balcon houdt zich de onderzoeksrechter Ange op. Zoo aanstonds zullen zij als zijde aan zijde zitten, in éénzelfde kabinet, den zooveelsten dag van het zooveelste jaar. Ange zal zwijgend spreken en de griffier zwijgend luisteren. Beiden zullen verdwijnen in het duister van dit rommelige vertrek, zoo goed als opgelost in de vuile lucht daarvan en in het grijze stof, er zal niets anders wezen als de blik van Ange. Die blik: een bliksemend rapier. Wie hem ondergaat is getroffen vóór hij het zich bewust kan zijn. Even klein van gestalte als de griffier is de onderzoeksrechter. Gemeten is zijn stap, de handen houdt hij altijd ergens verdoken, opdat geen trilling zou verraden wat het brein doorwoelt en besluit. Even onaanzienlijk is het fletse gelaat, zoo goed als onopmerkelijk, vuns en bleek.“

 

 

 

Lode Zielens (13 juni 1901 - 28 november 1944)

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