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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Commercial: When Aleksandr Orlov met James Joyce

Or maybe it's the other way round. You see, I've been skipping my way through Joyce's collected Poems and Shorter Writings (which really is a treat by the way, the Epiphanies especially), and blow me if I didn't stumble across this:


O bella bionda,
Sei come l'onda!

Of cool sweet dew and radiance mild
The moon a web of silence weaves
In the still garden where a child
Gathers the simple salad leaves.

A moondew stars her hanging hair
And moonlight kisses her young brow
And, gathering, she sings an air:
Fair as the wave is, fair, art thou!

Be mine, I pray, a waxen ear
To shield me from her childish croon
And mine a shielded heart for her
Who gathers simples of the moon.

So, do you think Orlov's tome is suitably filled with the dramatic lyric and the ironies of time?



Blogger Chris Clarke said...

Most excellent poetic ferretings dear Beta.

4:24 pm  
Blogger BetaRish said...

Thanking you sir; which reminds me that I need to get round and post about the links between Auden and Everything Everything...

4:39 pm  

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