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Reviews for Winged Energy of Delight: Selected Translations, Poems from Europe, Asia, and the Americas

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The average rating for Winged Energy of Delight: Selected Translations, Poems from Europe, Asia, and the Americas based on 2 reviews is 4.5 stars.has a rating of 4.5 stars

Review # 1 was written on 2017-10-03 00:00:00
2005was given a rating of 5 stars David Gookin
Horace THE ANGER POEM About my angry lines, burn them, do Whatever you wish, or dip them In the Adriatic Ocean; do this, hear me, Handsome mother of a still more handsome daughter. You know that what most disturbs the soul Is not Dindymene, nor that one who lives With the Great Snake, nor the half- Mad dancers with their crying metals, It is grim-faced anger. The Noric swords Cannot dissolve it, nor the ship- Swallowing sea, nor greedy fire, nor God himself when he comes roaring down…. Prometheus did what he did, he added a bit To us from seals and orioles, dropped Those bits into our clay, and had no choice But to put into us the lion's mad angers. Anger is what broke Thyeste's life, And many shining cities went down brick By brick before anger, and aggressive Battalions ran their ploughs in great Delight over ground covering those walls. Calm your mind. Heat tempted Me in my sweet early days, and sent Me deeply mad to one-sided poems. Now I want to replace those sour lines with Sweet lines; now, having sworn off harsh Attacks, I want you to become My friend, and give me back my heart. Book 1, Number 16 Cesar Vallejo GOD I feel that God is traveling so much in me, with the dusk and the sea. With him we go along together. It is getting dark. With him we get dark. All orphans… But I feel God. And it seems that he sets aside some good color for me. He is kind and sad, like those who care for the sick; he whispers with sweet contempt like a lover's: his heart must give him great pain. Oh, my God, I've only just come to you, today I love so much in this twilight; today that in the false balance of some breasts I weigh and weep for a frail Creation. And you, what do you weep for…you, in love with such an immense and whirling breast…. I consecrate you, God, because you love so much; because you never smile; because your heart must all the time give you great pain. Georg Trakl ON THE MARSHY PASTURES A man who walks in the black wind; the dry reeds rustle quietly Through the silence of the marshy pastures. In the gray skies A migration of wild birds moves in ranks Catty-corner over dark waters. Insurgence. In the collapsing houses Decay is fluttering out with black wings; Crippled-up birches breathe heavily in the wind. Evening in empty roadhouses. The longing for home settles about The delicate despair of the grazing flocks, Vision of the night: toads plunge from silver waters. Rolf Jacobsen THE AGE OF THE GREAT SYMPHONIES The age of the great symphonies is over now. The symphonies rose toward heaven with real magnificence' sunlit clouds with thunder in over the brilliant centuries. Cumulus under blue skies. Coriolanus. Now they are coming back down again in the form of rain, a banded, stone-colored rain on all the wavelengths and programs covering earth like a wet overcoat, a sack of noise. Now they are coming back down from the sky, they bounce off the skyscrapers like electric hail and seep down into farmers' living rooms and roll over the suburbs and brick-oceans as immortal sound. A rain of sound, "You millions of this earth, embrace," so as to deaden screams every day, every day on this earth which is thirsty and takes them back into itself again. All 22 poets translated by Robert Bly (with sometimes a partner) are accompanied by delightful, brief observations of both the poems and his work as translator. The selections of each are also prefaced with gentle biographical material. *
Review # 2 was written on 2008-02-18 00:00:00
2005was given a rating of 4 stars Cheryl Stone
Great collection of translations. I subsequently went out and bought several volumes by the individual poets Bly included.


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