May 27, 2010

Clenched Soul

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--Description: 20th C, Neruda P., Love--

We have lost even this twilight.
No one saw us this evening hand in hand
while the blue night dropped on the world.

I have seen from my window
the fiesta of sunset in the distant mountain tops.

Sometimes a piece of sun
burned like a coin in my hand.

I remembered you with my soul clenched
in that sadness of mine that you know.

Where were you then?
Who else was there?
Saying what?
Why will the whole of love come on me suddenly
when I am sad and feel you are far away?

The book fell that always closed at twilight
and my blue sweater rolled like a hurt dog at my feet.

Always, always you recede through the evenings
toward the twilight erasing statues.


Pablo Neruda

--Did You Know: (July 12, 1904 – September 23, 1973) Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean writer and politician Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. Neruda assumed his pen name as a teenager, partly because it was in vogue, partly to hide his poetry from his father, a rigid man who wanted his son to have a "practical" occupation. Neruda's pen name was derived from Czech writer and poet Jan Neruda; Pablo is thought to be from Paul Verlaine. With his works translated into many languages, Pablo Neruda is considered one of the greatest and most influential poets of the 20th century. Neruda was accomplished in a variety of styles ranging from erotically charged love poems like his collection Twenty Poems of Love and a Song of Despair, surrealist poems, historical epics, and overtly political manifestos. In 1971 Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature, a controversial award because of his political activism. Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez once called him "the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language. Read more at: Pablo Neruda

--Poetry Terminology: Cavalier poets-
Group of poets including Robert Herrick, Thomas Carew, Sir John Suckling and Richard Lovelace who were all supporters of Charles I. Although not a formal group they were all influenced by Ben Jonson and wrote highly crafted, witty lyrics in praise of wine, women and song. See also Tribe of Ben.

--Word of the Day: sycophant \SIK-uh-fuhnt\, noun:
A person who attempts to win favor by flattering people of wealth or influence; a parasite; a toady.
Example:
The praise Oxford received as a poet may simply have issued from the mouths of sycophants hungry for patronage.
-Howard Chua-Eoan and Helen Gibson, "The Bard's Beard?", Time, February 15, 1999

--Quote of the Day: Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul.
-John Muir

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2 comments:

mic_comte on June 3, 2010 at 5:10 AM said...

Wonderful. If I can think about one great poet who inspired me, it is Paul Verlaine.

V. Mahfood on June 3, 2010 at 9:56 AM said...

Thank you. I will have to see about posting some poems from Verlaine then. My own inspiration came from Gibran.

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