Tag: poetry

Bowl of Roses – Rilke

(This is the poem I read this morning as I work my way through The Essential Rilke one piece at a time. I was tempted to pair it with an photograph of roses – but I think the imagery here is striking I wanted… Continue Reading “Bowl of Roses – Rilke”

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Autumn Day (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Lord: it is time. The summer was so immense. Lay your shadow on the sundials, and let loose the wind in the fields. Bid the last fruits to be full, give them another two more southerly days, press them to ripeness, and chase the… Continue Reading “Autumn Day (Rainer Maria Rilke)”

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Laundry, love and the lyre (Sappho 2)

(Above video an example of the ancient Greek Lyre – in the style that Sappho would most likely have played). Of all the things I’ve read so far, Sappho was the writer who drove me immediately from reading into writing down my impressions of… Continue Reading “Laundry, love and the lyre (Sappho 2)”

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Sunday Morning Sappho (1)

On first reading, I think the best possible way to encounter Sappho is lying abed on a lazy, late-summer morning and taking the fragments in with as much languor as the scene implies. So beautiful and brief. So desirous and ruined. One pictures Sappho… Continue Reading “Sunday Morning Sappho (1)”

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