08-09-15

Siegfried Sassoon, Anthonie Donker, Clemens Brentano, Wilhelm Raabe, Eduard Mörike, Perikles Monioudis

 

De Engelse dichter Siegfried Sassoon werd geboren op 8 september 1886 in Brenchley, Kent. Zie ook mijn blog van 8 september 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Siegfried Sassoon op dit blog.

 

Aftermath

Have you forgotten yet?...
For the world's events have rumbled on since those gagged days,
Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways:
And the haunted gap in your mind has filled with thoughts that flow
Like clouds in the lit heaven of life; and you're a man reprieved to go,
Taking your peaceful share of Time, with joy to spare.
But the past is just the same--and War's a bloody game...
Have you forgotten yet?...
Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you'll never forget.

Do you remember the dark months you held the sector at Mametz--
The nights you watched and wired and dug and piled sandbags on parapets?
Do you remember the rats; and the stench
Of corpses rotting in front of the front-line trench--
And dawn coming, dirty-white, and chill with a hopeless rain?
Do you ever stop and ask, 'Is it all going to happen again?'

Do you remember that hour of din before the attack--
And the anger, the blind compassion that seized and shook you then
As you peered at the doomed and haggard faces of your men?
Do you remember the stretcher-cases lurching back
With dying eyes and lolling heads--those ashen-grey
Masks of the lads who once were keen and kind and gay?

Have you forgotten yet?...
Look up, and swear by the green of the spring that you'll never forget.

 

 

Suicide In The Trenches

I knew a simple soldier boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.

In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
He put a bullet through his brain.
No one spoke of him again.

You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you'll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.

 


Thrushes

Tossed on the glittering air they soar and skim,
Whose voices make the emptiness of light
A windy palace. Quavering from the brim
Of dawn, and bold with song at edge of night,
They clutch their leafy pinnacles and sing
Scornful of man, and from his toils aloof
Whose heart's a haunted woodland whispering;
Whose thoughts return on tempest-baffled wing;
Who hears the cry of God in everything,
And storms the gate of nothingness for proof.

 

 
Siegfried Sassoon (8 september 1886 – 1 september 1967)
James Wilby (l) als Sassoon en Stuart Bunce als Wilfried Owen in de film "Regeneration" uit 1997

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08-09-14

Siegfried Sassoon, Clemens Brentano, Wilhelm Raabe, Eduard Mörike, Perikles Monioudis

 

De Engelse dichter Siegfried Sassoon werd geboren op 8 september 1886 in Brenchley, Kent. Zie ook mijn blog van 8 september 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Siegfried Sassoon op dit blog.

 

Battalion-Relief

‘FALL in! Now get a move on.’ (Curse the rain.)
We splash away along the straggling village,
Out to the flat rich country, green with June...
And sunset flares across wet crops and tillage,
Blazing with splendour-patches. (Harvest soon,
Up in the Line.) ‘Perhaps the War’ll be done
‘By Christmas-Day. Keep smiling then, old son.’

Here’s the Canal: it’s dusk; we cross the bridge.
‘Lead on there, by platoons.’ (The Line’s a-glare
With shell-fire through the poplars; distant rattle
Of rifles and machine-guns.) ‘Fritz is there!
‘Christ, ain’t it lively, Sergeant? Is’t a battle?’
More rain: the lightning blinks, and thunder rumbles.
‘There’s over-head artillery!’ some chap grumbles.

What’s all this mob at the cross-roads? Where are the guides?...
‘Lead on with number One.’ And off they go.
‘Three minute intervals.’ (Poor blundering files,
Sweating and blindly burdened; who’s to know
If death will catch them in those two dark miles?)
More rain. ‘Lead on, Head-quarters.’ (That’s the lot.)
‘Who’s that?... Oh, Sergeant-Major, don’t get shot!
‘And tell me, have we won this war or not?’

 

 

Before the Battle

Music of whispering trees
Hushed by a broad-winged breeze
Where shaken water gleams;
And evening radiance falling
With reedy bird-notes calling.
O bear me safe through dark, you low-voiced streams.

I have no need to pray
That fear may pass away;
I scorn the growl and rumble of the fight
That summons me from cool
Silence of marsh and pool
And yellow lilies is landed in light
O river of stars and shadows, lead me through the night.

 

 

How to Die

Dark clouds are smouldering into red
While down the craters morning burns.
The dying soldier shifts his head
To watch the glory that returns;
He lifts his fingers toward the skies
Where holy brightness breaks in flame;
Radiance reflected in his eyes,
And on his lips a whispered name.

You’d think, to hear some people talk,
That lads go West with sobs and curses,
And sullen faces white as chalk,
Hankering for wreaths and tombs and hearses.
But they’ve been taught the way to do it
Like Christian soldiers; not with haste
And shuddering groans; but passing through it
With due regard for decent taste.

 

 
Siegfried Sassoon (8 september 1886 – 1 september 1967)

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08-09-13

Perikles Monioudis, Frederic Mistral, Ludovico Ariosto, Grace Metalious

 

De Zwitserse schrijver Perikles Monioudis werd geboren op 8 september 1966 in Glarus. Zie ook mijn blog van 8 september 2010.

 

Uit: Freulers Rückkehr

 

"Ich komme stets um sechs rein, Herr Freuler.«

»Um sechs? Sie sind ein Held.« Freuler schaltete die neue Espressomaschine ein und löffelte Kaffeepulver in den Kolben.

»Ist Ihnen ein gewisser Moser bekannt, Herr Doktor? Heinrich Moser, der Industrielle aus Schwanden?« Freuler überlegte. Seit er wieder im Glarnerland lebte, seit ein paar Tagen also, war es ihm bereits mehrmals begegnet, dass er Menschen aus einer vergangenen Zeit wiedersah, ohne dass er sich an ihren Namen oder an den Zusammenhang zu erinnern vermocht hätte, aus dem sie ihm bekannt waren.

Vorgestern hatte er umgekehrt einen alten Schulfreund beim Namen begrüßt, ohne sich dessen Namen, nachdem er in der Bankstraße vorbeigegangen war, erneut vergegenwärtigen zu können.

Wenn wir wüssten, was wir alles wissen, dachte er wie- der. Das war der Lieblingssatz seiner Frau. Sie hatte Freuler oft unerbittlich genannt, sogar streng. Auch wenn sie ihn für sein heiteres Gemüt geliebt hatte.

»Heinrich Moser? Der war zu meiner Zeit noch nicht hier.«

»Er wurde heute früh in seiner Villa tot aufgefunden.«

So schnell hatte Freuler seinen ersten Einsatz nicht erwartet. Er schaltete die Kaffeemaschine aus.“

 

 

 

Perikles Monioudis (Glarus, 8 september 1966)

 

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08-09-11

Siegfried Sassoon, Eduard Mörike, Perikles Monioudis, Frederic Mistral

 

De Engelse dichter Siegfried Sassoon werd geboren op 8 september 1886 in Brenchley, Kent. Zie ook mijn blog van 8 september 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Siegfried Sassoon op dit blog.

 

 

At Daybreak

 

I listen for him through the rain,

And in the dusk of starless hours

I know that he will come again;

Loth was he ever to forsake me:

He comes with glimmering of flowers

And stir of music to awake me.

 

Spirit of purity, he stands

As once he lived in charm and grace:

I may not hold him with my hands,

Nor bid him stay to heal my sorrow;

Only his fair, unshadowed face

Abides with me until to-morrow.

 

 

 

Butterflies

 

Frail Travellers, deftly flickering over the flowers;

O living flowers against the heedless blue

Of summer days, what sends them dancing through

This fiery-blossom’d revel of the hours?

 

Theirs are the musing silences between

The enraptured crying of shrill birds that make

Heaven in the wood while summer dawns awake;

And theirs the faintest winds that hush the green.

 

And they are as my soul that wings its way

Out of the starlit dimness into morn:

And they are as my tremulous being—born

To know but this, the phantom glare of day.

 

 

 

Attack

 

AT dawn the ridge emerges massed and dun

In the wild purple of the glow'ring sun,

Smouldering through spouts of drifting smoke that shroud

The menacing scarred slope; and, one by one,

Tanks creep and topple forward to the wire.

The barrage roars and lifts. Then, clumsily bowed

With bombs and guns and shovels and battle-gear,

Men jostle and climb to meet the bristling fire.

Lines of grey, muttering faces, masked with fear,

They leave their trenches, going over the top,

While time ticks blank and busy on their wrists,

And hope, with furtive eyes and grappling fists,

Flounders in mud. O Jesus, make it stop!

 

 

 


Siegfried Sassoon (8 september 1886 – 1 september 1967)
Portret door Glyn Warren Philpot, 1917

 

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08-09-10

Siegfried Sassoon, Eduard Mörike, Perikles Monioudis, Frederic Mistral, Clemens Brentano, Wilhelm Raabe, Ludovico Ariosto, Grace Metalious

 

Zie voor de volgende schrijvers van de 8e september mijn blog bij seniorennet.be 

  

Siegfried Sassoon, Eduard Mörike, Perikles Monioudis, Frederic Mistral

 

Zie voor de volgende schrijvers van de 8e september ook bij seniorennet.be mijn vorige blog van vandaag.

 

Clemens Brentano, Wilhelm Raabe, Ludovico Ariosto, Grace Metalious