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Edith Sitwell

Data di nascita: 7. Settembre 1887
Data di morte: 9. Dicembre 1964
Altri nomi:Edith Louisa Sitwell

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Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell è stata una poetessa e saggista inglese.

Sorella degli scrittori Osbert e Sacheverell Sitwell . Di antica e nobile famiglia, studiò privatamente; nel 1915 pubblicò la prima raccolta di versi, The Mother and Other Poems , di evidente derivazione baudelariana e simbolista.

Personalità eccentrica e sofisticata, diresse dal 1916 al 1921 la rivista Wheels , portavoce delle correnti poetiche di avanguardia. La sua poesia, dopo una prima fase di netta prevalenza degli elementi estetizzanti e delle ardite innovazioni metriche, pur mantenendosi sempre ad un livello altissimo di perizia stilistica, è venuta allargando il suo raggio di interessi e di simpatia umana.

La Sitwell ha scritto inoltre numerosi saggi di critica, fra cui uno su Alexander Pope.

La scrittrice è considerata, da taluni critici, molto vicina agli ultimi rappresentanti del movimento estetista che ebbe in Oscar Wilde il suo massimo esponente.

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Frasi Edith Sitwell

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„My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.“

— Edith Sitwell
As quoted in Reader's Digest Vol. 111, No. 666, (October 1977)

„Let us speak of our madness. We are always being called mad.“

— Edith Sitwell
Context: Let us speak of our madness. We are always being called mad. If we are mad — we and our brothers in America who are walking hand in hand with us in the vanguard of progress — at least we are mad in company with most of our great predecessors and all the most intelligent foreigners. Beethoven, Schumann, and Wagner, Shelley, Blake, Keats, Coleridge, Wordsworth were all mad in turn. We shall be proud to join them in the Asylum to which they are now consigned. Yea and Nay : A series of lectures and counter-lectures given at the London school of economics in aid of the hospitals of London (1923) edited by C David Stelling, Section IV, Poetry and Modern Poetry

„Our hearts seemed safe in our breasts and sang to the
Light —“

— Edith Sitwell
Context: Our hearts seemed safe in our breasts and sang to the Light — The marrow in the bone We dreamed was safe... the blood in the veins, the sap in the tree Were springs of Deity. "Three Poems of the Atomic Bomb: Dirge for the New Sunrise"

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„Within your magic web of hair, lies furled
The fire and splendour of the ancient world;“

— Edith Sitwell
Context: Within your magic web of hair, lies furled The fire and splendour of the ancient world; The dire gold of the comet's wind-blown hair; The songs that turned to gold the evening air When all the stars of heaven sang for joy. "The Web of Eros"

„And star-bright masks for youth to wear,
Lest any dream that fare
— Bright pilgrim — past our ken, should see
Hints of Reality.“

— Edith Sitwell
Context: p>The busy chatter of the heat Shrilled like a parakeet; And shuddering at the noonday light The dust lay dead and whiteAs powder on a mummy's face, Or fawned with simian grace Round booths with many a hard bright toy And wooden brittle joy:The cap and bells of Time the Clown That, jangling, whistled down Young cherubs hidden in the guise Of every bird that flies;And star-bright masks for youth to wear, Lest any dream that fare — Bright pilgrim — past our ken, should see Hints of Reality.</p "Clowns' Houses"

„The rooms are vast as Sleep within;
When once I ventured in,
Chill Silence, like a surging sea,
Slowly enveloped me.“

— Edith Sitwell
Context: Tall windows show Infinity; And, hard reality, The candles weep and pry and dance Like lives mocked at by Chance. The rooms are vast as Sleep within; When once I ventured in, Chill Silence, like a surging sea, Slowly enveloped me. "Clowns' Houses"

„I am resigned to the fact that people who don't know me loathe me.“

— Edith Sitwell
Context: I am resigned to the fact that people who don't know me loathe me. Perhaps it is because I am a woman writing poetry. It must be annoying to a man who wants to write to see this horrid old lady who can.

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„The world's floors are quaking, crumbling and breaking.“

— Edith Sitwell
Context: White as a winding sheet, Masks blowing down the street: Moscow, Paris London, Vienna — all are undone. The drums of death are mumbling, rumbling, and tumbling, Mumbling, rumbling, and tumbling, The world's floors are quaking, crumbling and breaking. "The Last Gallop"

„When we think of cruelty, we must try to remember the stupidity, the envy, the frustration from which it has arisen.“

— Edith Sitwell
Context: There are people, also, who cannot believe that beauty and gaiety are a part of goodness. When we think of cruelty, we must try to remember the stupidity, the envy, the frustration from which it has arisen. p. 221

„The cap and bells of Time the Clown
That, jangling, whistled down
Young cherubs hidden in the guise
Of every bird that flies;“

— Edith Sitwell
Context: p>The busy chatter of the heat Shrilled like a parakeet; And shuddering at the noonday light The dust lay dead and whiteAs powder on a mummy's face, Or fawned with simian grace Round booths with many a hard bright toy And wooden brittle joy:The cap and bells of Time the Clown That, jangling, whistled down Young cherubs hidden in the guise Of every bird that flies;And star-bright masks for youth to wear, Lest any dream that fare — Bright pilgrim — past our ken, should see Hints of Reality.</p "Clowns' Houses"

„The living blind and seeing Dead together lie
As if in love . . . There was no more hating then,
And no more love; Gone is the heart of Man.“

— Edith Sitwell
Context: The living blind and seeing Dead together lie As if in love... There was no more hating then, And no more love; Gone is the heart of Man. "Three Poems of the Atomic Bomb: Dirge for the New Sunrise"

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