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L’adolorida Ilíada de Humbert Wolfe

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Ni la meravella d’Hèlena / ni el daltabaix de Paris,/ sinó el brillant, inflexible / hexàmetre. / I, per tant, tota passió / no és res més / que un estel que lluu en / una Ilíada. / Ai, boig cor, estaves errat! / No és el teu amor, / sinó tan sols el que és cantat / quan l’amor s’ha esvaït, el que perdura.

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Iliad

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False dreams, all false,
mad heart, were yours.
The word, and nought else,
in time endures.
Not you long after,
perished and mute,
will last, but the defter
viol and lute.
Sweetly they’ll trouble
the listeners
with the cold dropped pebble
of painless verse.
Not you will be offered,
but the poet’s false pain.
Mad heart, you have suffered,
and loved in vain.
What joy doth Helen
or Paris have
where these lie still in
a nameless grave?
Her beauty’s a wraith,
and the boy Paris
muffles in death
his mouth’s cold cherries.
Aye! these are less,
that were love’s summer,
than one gold phrase
of old blind Homer?
Not Helen’s wonder
nor Paris stirs,
but the bright untender
hexameters.
And thus, all passion
is nothing made,
but a star to flash in
an Iliad.
Mad heart, you were wrong!
No love of yours,
but only what is sung
when love’s over, endures.
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Humbert Wolfe (Milà, Itàlia, 5-01-1885 – Londres, Anglaterra, 5-01-1940)Fotografia de Walter Benington. National Portrait Gallery, Londres.

Humbert Wolfe (Milà, Itàlia, 5-01-1885 – Londres, Anglaterra, 5-01-1940)
Fotografia de Walter Benington. National Portrait Gallery, Londres.

Humbert Wolfe

The unknown goddess

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  1. Stefano
    05/04/2013 a les 3:56 PM

    Yes Sir, this is poetry. Nothing but dreams.

    • 05/04/2013 a les 7:56 PM

      …and “we are such stuff as dreams are made on”

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