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Theodore Roethke

Data di nascita: 25. Maggio 1908
Data di morte: 1. Agosto 1963

Theodore Roethke è stato un poeta e scrittore statunitense, docente universitario dal 1947 al 1963.

Frasi Theodore Roethke

„Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among mysteries.“

—  Theodore Roethke

Origine: Straw for the Fire: From the Notebooks of Theodore Roethke

„Like witches they flew along rows,
Keeping creation at ease“

—  Theodore Roethke

"Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze," ll. 19-25
The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948)
Contesto: Like witches they flew along rows,
Keeping creation at ease;
With a tendril for needle
They sewed up the air with a stem;
They teased out the seed that the cold kept asleep, —
All the coils, loops and whorls.
They trellised the sun; they plotted for more than themselves.

„Let seed be grass, and grass turn into hay:
I'm martyr to a motion not my own;
What's freedom for? To know eternity.“

—  Theodore Roethke

"I Knew a Woman," ll. 22-28
Words for the Wind (1958)
Contesto: Let seed be grass, and grass turn into hay:
I'm martyr to a motion not my own;
What's freedom for? To know eternity.
I swear she cast a shadow white as stone.
But who would count eternity in days?
These old bones live to learn her wanton ways:
(I measure time by how a body sways.)

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„I knew a woman, lovely in her bones“

—  Theodore Roethke

"I Knew a Woman," ll. 1 - 4
Words for the Wind (1958)
Contesto: I knew a woman, lovely in her bones,
When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them;
Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one:
The shapes a bright container can contain!

„Is pain a promise? I was schooled in pain“

—  Theodore Roethke

"The Sententious Man," ll. 31-36
Words for the Wind (1958)
Contesto: p>Is pain a promise? I was schooled in pain,
And found out what I could of all desire;
I weep for what I'm like when I'm alone
In the deep center of the voice and fire.I know the motion of the deepest stone.
Each one's himself, yet each one's everyone.</p

„Over the gulfs of dream
Flew a tremendous bird“

—  Theodore Roethke

"Night Crow," ll. 4-8
The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948)
Contesto: Over the gulfs of dream
Flew a tremendous bird
Further and further away
Into a moonless black,
Deep in the brain, far back.

„To know that light falls and fills, often without our knowing.“

—  Theodore Roethke

The Shape of the Fire," ll. 88-92
The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948)
Contesto: To stare into the after-light, the glitter left on the lake's surface,
When the sun has fallen behind a wooded island;
To follow the drips sliding from a lifted oar
Held up, while the rower breathes, and the small boat drifts quietly shoreward;
To know that light falls and fills, often without our knowing.

„And everything comes to One,
As we dance on, dance on, dance on.“

—  Theodore Roethke, libro The Far Field

Once More, the Round," ll. 11-12
The Far Field (1964)
Contesto: p>And I dance with William Blake
For love, for Love's sake;And everything comes to One,
As we dance on, dance on, dance on.</p

„Yet if we wait, unafraid, beyond the fearful instant,
The burning lake turns into a forest pool,
The fire subsides into rings of water,
A sunlit silence.“

—  Theodore Roethke, libro The Far Field

"The Abyss"
The Far Field (1964)
Contesto: A terrible violence of creation,
A flash into the burning heart of the abominable;
Yet if we wait, unafraid, beyond the fearful instant,
The burning lake turns into a forest pool,
The fire subsides into rings of water,
A sunlit silence.

„Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one:
The shapes a bright container can contain!“

—  Theodore Roethke

"I Knew a Woman," ll. 1 - 4
Words for the Wind (1958)
Contesto: I knew a woman, lovely in her bones,
When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them;
Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one:
The shapes a bright container can contain!

„I saw the separateness of all things!“

—  Theodore Roethke

"A Field of Light," ll. 45-47
The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948)
Contesto: I saw the separateness of all things!
My heart lifted up with the great grasses;
The weeds believed me, and the nesting birds.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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