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Stephen Spender

Data di nascita: 28. Febbraio 1909
Data di morte: 16. Luglio 1995

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Stephen Spender è stato un poeta e saggista inglese.

Condivise per un certo periodo le posizioni ideologiche e culturali di Auden e di Day Lewis; durante la guerra civile si recò in Spagna ove lavorò a favore della causa repubblicana.

Con la raccolta Poems acquistò una posizione di primo piano nel panorama della poesia inglese contemporanea e nella corrente di rinnovamento del linguaggio poetico fiorita nel decennio 1930-1940. Dalla iniziale tematica politica e sociale, cui si mescolavano motivi di individualismo anarchico, Spender si è poi rivolto verso temi di più intima riflessione che trovano riscontro in toni di pacata meditazione.

Ha diretto la rivista Encounter dal 1953 al 1967.

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Frasi Stephen Spender

„The essential is
That all the 'I's should remain separate
Propped up under flowers, and no one suffer
For his neighbour. Then horror is postponed
For everyone until it settles on him
And drags him to that incommunicable grief
Which is all mystery or nothing.“

—  Stephen Spender
Context: Yet supposing that a bomb should dive Its nose right through this bed, with me upon it? The thought is obscene. Still, there are many To whom my death would only be a name, One figure in a column. The essential is That all the 'I's should remain separate Propped up under flowers, and no one suffer For his neighbour. Then horror is postponed For everyone until it settles on him And drags him to that incommunicable grief Which is all mystery or nothing. "Thoughts During An Air Raid"

Pubblicità

„Ah, like a comet through flame she moves entranced“

—  Stephen Spender
Context: Ah, like a comet through flame she moves entranced Wrapt in her music no bird song, no, nor bough Breaking with honey buds, shall ever equal. "The Express" (l. 25–27) in Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry (1988) edited by Richard Ellmann and Robert O’Clair

„The poetic method sees the centre of consciousness as the point where all that is significant in the surrounding world becomes aware and transformed“

—  Stephen Spender
Context: The prose method might be described as that where the writer provides a complete description of all those material factors in the environment which condition his characters. The poetic method sees the centre of consciousness as the point where all that is significant in the surrounding world becomes aware and transformed; the prose method requires a description of that world in order to explain the characteristics of the people in it. The hero of the poetic method is Rimbaud; of the prose method, Balzac. Ch. 5

„Under the olive trees, from the ground
Grows this flower, which is a wound.“

—  Stephen Spender
Context: Under the olive trees, from the ground Grows this flower, which is a wound. It is easier to ignore Than the heroes' sunset fire Of death plunged in their willed desire Raging with flags on the world's shore. "The Coward"

„Never to allow gradually the traffic to smother
With noise and fog the flowering of the spirit.“

—  Stephen Spender
Context: What is precious is never to forget The delight of the blood drawn from ancient springs Breaking through rocks in worlds before our earth; Never to deny its pleasure in the simple morning light, Nor its grave evening demand for love; Never to allow gradually the traffic to smother With noise and fog the flowering of the spirit. "I Think of Those Who Were Truly Great"

„A poet can only write about what is true to his own experience, not about what he would like to be true to his experience.“

—  Stephen Spender
Context: A poet can only write about what is true to his own experience, not about what he would like to be true to his experience. Poetry does not state truth, it states the conditions within which something felt is true. Even while he is writing about the little portion of reality which is part of his experience, the poet may be conscious of a different reality outside. His problem is to relate the small truth to the sense of a wider, perhaps theoretically known, truth outside his experience. Foreword

„The spirit drinking timelessness;
Touch, love, all senses“

—  Stephen Spender
Context: Eye, gazelle, delicate wanderer, Drinker of horizon’s fluid line; Ear that suspends on a chord The spirit drinking timelessness; Touch, love, all senses... "Not Palaces"(l. 12–16). . .

Pubblicità

„I am for neither West nor East, but for myself considered as a self — one of the millions who inhabit the earth...“

—  Stephen Spender
Context: I am for neither West nor East, but for myself considered as a self — one of the millions who inhabit the earth... If it seems absurd that an individual should set up as a judge between these vast powers, armed with their superhuman instruments of destruction I can reply that the very immensity of the means to destroy proves that judging and being judged does not lie in these forces. For supposing that they achieved their utmost and destroyed our civilization, whoever survived would judge them by a few statements. a few poems, a few témoignages [testimonies] surviving from all the ruins, a few words of those men who saw outside and beyond the means which were used and all the arguments which were marshaled in the service of those means. Thus I could not escape from myself into some social situation of which my existence was a mere product, and my witnessing a willfully distorting instrument. I had to be myself, choose and not be chosen... But to believe that my individual freedom could gain strength from my seeking to identify myself with the "progressive" forces was different from believing that my life must be an instrument of means decided on by political leaders. I came to see that within the struggle for a juster world, there is a further struggle between the individual who cares for long-term values and those who are willing to use any and every means to gain immediate political ends — even good ends. Within even a good social cause, there is a duty to fight for the pre-eminence of individual conscience. The public is necessary, but the private must not be abolished by it; and the individual must not be swallowed up by the concept of the social man.

„Opening, my eyes say 'Let there be light',
Closing, they shut me in a coffin.“

—  Stephen Spender
Context: And if this I were destroyed, The image shattered, My perceived, rent world would fly In an explosion of final judgement To the ends of the sky, The colour in the iris of the eye. Opening, my eyes say 'Let there be light', Closing, they shut me in a coffin. "The Human Situation"

„Extensive whiteness drowned
All sense of space.“

—  Stephen Spender
Context: Extensive whiteness drowned All sense of space. We tramped through Static, glaring days, Time's suspended blank. "Polar Exploration"

„The immediate reaction of the poets who fought in the war was cynicism...“

—  Stephen Spender
Context: The immediate reaction of the poets who fought in the war was cynicism... The war dramatized for them the contrast between the still-idealistic young, living and dying on the unalteringly horrible stage-set of the Western front, with the complacency of the old at home, the staff officers behind the lines. In England there was violent anti-German feeling; but for the poet-soldiers the men in the trenches on both sides seemed united in pacific feelings and hatred of those at home who had sent them out to kill each other.

Pubblicità

„What is precious is never to forget
The delight of the blood drawn from ancient springs
Breaking through rocks in worlds before our earth“

—  Stephen Spender
Context: What is precious is never to forget The delight of the blood drawn from ancient springs Breaking through rocks in worlds before our earth; Never to deny its pleasure in the simple morning light, Nor its grave evening demand for love; Never to allow gradually the traffic to smother With noise and fog the flowering of the spirit. "I Think of Those Who Were Truly Great"

„Of course, the entire effort is to put myself
Outside the ordinary range
Of what are called statistics.“

—  Stephen Spender
Context: Of course, the entire effort is to put myself Outside the ordinary range Of what are called statistics. A hundred are killed In the outer suburbs. Well, well, I carry on. "Thoughts During An Air Raid"

„History is theirs whose language is the sun.“

—  Stephen Spender
Context: Unless, governor, teacher, inspector, visitor, This map becomes their window and these windows That shut upon their lives like catacombs, Break O break open 'till they break the town And show the children green fields and make their world Run azure on gold sands and let their tongues Run naked into books, the white and green leaves open History is theirs whose language is the sun. "An Elementary School Classroom In A Slum"

„What the eye delights in, no longer dictates
My greed to enjoy“

—  Stephen Spender
Context: What the eye delights in, no longer dictates My greed to enjoy: boys, grass, the fenced-off deer. It leaves those figures that distantly play On the horizon's rim: they sign their peace, in games. "Experience"

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