Dane Zajc belongs to the first post-war generation of poets who brought modernism to Slovene poetry. Sharing sentiments of a tense, sceptical and disillusioned worldview, they relinquished intimate testimony in lieu of an impersonal portrayal of reality on the charred ruins of the Second World War. On a formal level, their poetic expression broke grammatical rules, coalescing within free verse. This poet generation is remembered by the Slovene literary lore as the surrealists or neo-expressionists.
The lyrical world of Zajc is one of inescapable, constant duality and arising ever-incompletion, even antagonistic ambivalence – "a twofold void”, a twofold loneliness, a twofold language (one uttering, one mute). Though Dane, who was considered the most influential of Slovene modernists, is frequently portrayed as the "poet of existential dread, of despair and grim obsession with the suffering of man”, his verses sparkle with refined irony and bestial dark humour.
"Dane Zajc understands the paradoxes between the physical and the metaphysical the same way he understands the balance between pathos and the quotidian, between magic incantation and ironic, cold alienation. Zajc's poetry does not entirely forego personal elements – a fallen partisan-brother, the mother figure – what remains central, though, is the natural landscape of things and his own "inability of expression”, making Zajc's verse neither intimate confession nor propaganda. He consistently rejects political tendencies, any ideological engagement whatsoever, in fact, which – in the Communist era – won him the fame of a rebel poet”, writes Ilma Rakusa in her afterword to the Scorpions collection.
Los poemas de “el jardinero” tocan temas utilizadas en la poesía sánscrita más antigua: la juventud y la vejez, la riqueza y el despojo, el amor, la muerte y el sexo. la sugerencia es una de las mayores cualidades de esta poesía. No redunda en imágenes eróticas, pero recrea de aquella gran tradición poética la capacidad de decir veladamente aquello que no se pone en palabras. Ligera y fugaz, como la gota de rodo que pende de un vuelo, la poesía de “el jardinero” atraviesa las páginas invitando a la calma. Referirse a ella, y en ella a Tagore, implica disponerse a experimentar una relación peculiar con la naturaleza que no se presenta como ornamento ni obstáculo para el hombre, sino como un continuo vital sin diferenciaciones.
A queer retelling of Romeo and Juliet, except no one has to bury their gays.
A decades-old family rivalry is reaching a boiling point as the patriarchs vie for a seat in congress. Democrat vs Republican, Muslim vs Christian, Hashmi vs Swain — the Midwestern town of Arbor Hills is one spark away from an explosion of violence. So when two men find themselves irresistibly drawn together at a party, only to discover they were born on opposite sides of a bloody battle line, Matthew Swain and Rabi Hashmi know they should leave well enough alone.
The pull between them is magnetic, though, and it's too strong to ignore. Unable to resist, they meet again in secret. Generations of hatred can't temper the passionate love growing between them, but two men falling for each other in the middle of a war zone can't hold back the inevitable clash.
And when decades of political, religious, and personal strife finally come to a head, there will be blood.
Over the centuries the Christian festival of the celebration of Christ has lost much of its religious element as it has morphed into becoming a convenient date for mass marketing and the consumption of excess food, drink and material goods to a now global audience.
But look below the glossy veneer of commercialism and we find a truer meaning, a moral message and guidance that whilst we may all want it watered down a little in these more secular times does contain some truths and principles for us all to enjoy better lives and better relationships with those around us.
In this volume of fifty poems our classic poets bring us everything from the tried and trusted view to the irreverent but mainly focus on their faith that can rejoice at this festival and makes us all part of the human race, its ideals and its joys.
From Dickinson, Chesterton, Hardy, Yeats, Jonson, Rossetti and many others, come welcome lines of humanity that give us all cause to celebrate.
"The late master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman streamlined Ibsen’s A Doll’s House to expose the contemporary heart of the 19th century masterpiece. Taut with suspense, this critically-acclaimed adaptation focuses on Nora, a young wife and mother who exploits her childlike charm to survive in a man’s world. But Nora has a secret that threatens her cozy existence, and she begins a perilous journey to find her way out. Recorded before a live audience at the Doubletree Guest Suites, Santa Monica, CA, in 1997.Adapted by Ingmar BergmanTranslated by Frederick J. Marker and Lise-Lone MarkerDirector: Steve AlbrezziProducing Director: Susan Albert LoewenbergDavid Dukes as Torvald HelmerRobert Foxworth as Dr. RankNatalija Nogulich as Mrs. LindeLinda Purl as NoraJohn Vickery as Nils KrogstadRadio production and music arrangements by Raymond GuarnaFoley Artist: Amy Strong"
Librivox volunteers bring you ten readings of Still, Still, with Thee by Harriet Beecher Stowe. This hymn written by the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin was the weekly poem for December 14 - 21, 2014. - Summary by Rachel
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