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Old 10-18-2017, 02:07 AM
Aaron Poochigian Aaron Poochigian is offline
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Rilke wrote this sonnet, prophetically, about Richard Wilbur:

Sonnets to Orpheus I.VII

Rühmen, das ists! Ein zum Rühmen Bestellter,
ging er hervor wie das Erz aas des Steins
Schweigen. Sein Herz, o vergängliche Kelter
eines den Menschen unendlichen Weins.

Nie versagt ihm die Stimme am Staube,
wenn ihn das göttliche Beispiel ergreift.
Alles wird Weinberg, alles wird Traube,
in seinem fühlenden Süden gereift.

Nicht in den Grüften der Könige Moder
straft ihm die Rühmung Lügen, oder
daß von den Göttern ein Schatten fällt.

Er ist einer der bleibenden Boten,
der noch weit in die Türen der Toten
Schalen mit rühmlichen Früchten hält.

. . . . .

Praising, that's it! One appointed to praise,
he came forth like ore out of the stone's
silence. His heart, O ephemeral winepress
for a vintage eternal to man.

Never does his voice die or turn to dust
when the divine moment seizes him.
All becomes vineyard, all becomes grape,
ripened in his sentient South.

Not mold in the vaults of kings,
nor any shadow falling from the gods
can give his songs the lie.

He is one of the messengers who stay,
holding far into the doors of the dead
bowls heaped with fruit to be praised.

(Translation by Edward Snow)
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Old 10-19-2017, 09:34 PM
Siham Karami Siham Karami is offline
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What a loss and what a legacy! Richard Wilbur, one of the greats without doubt. Immortal. "The Ride" which I hadn't read before, gave me goose bumps (thanks, Nemo!). Many of his poems do that. He had such a voice and it is still alive. It's a huge credit to the Sphere that he was a part of it. One could go on. These poems will at least.

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