Today is the World Poetry Day! Perhaps not so many people know that the World Poetry Academy creation took place in 2001 in Verona. As explained in the official site: “Actually in this city which gave birth to the Latin poet Catullus, which welcomed Dante and let him finish his “Divina Commedia”, which inspired Shakespeare and which received Goethe, Dickens, Lord Byron and many other writers and artists, it was held the constitutive assembly of the World Poetry Academy” (http://www.accademiamondialepoesia.com).
As a personal tribute to poetry, I would like post here two poems. The first is by the Spanish poet Juan Ramón Jiménez (1881-1958) who was awarded the Nobel Prize of Literature in 1956 for his “poesia desnuda” (naked poetry):
|Yo no soy yo||Yo no soy yo|
|I am not I.
I am the one
Walking beside me whom I do not see.
Whom at times I visit,
And at times I forget.
The one who remains silent, calmly, when I talk,
The one who forgives, serenely, when I hate,
The one who goes where I do not come
The one who will remain upright when I die.
|Yo no soy yo.
que va a mi lado sin yo verlo,
que, a veces, voy a ver,
y que, a veces olvido.
El que calla, sereno, cuando hablo,
el que perdona, dulce, cuando odio,
el que pasea por donde no estoy,
el que quedará en pie cuando yo muera.
The other tribute is to a famous Italian poet Alda Merini (1931-2009) who was born exactly on 21 th of March 1931
Amai teneramente dei dolcissimi amanti
senza che essi sapessero mai nulla.
E su questi intessei tele di ragno
e fui preda della mia stessa materia.
In me l’anima c’era della meretrice
della santa della sanguinaria e dell’ipocrita.
Molti diedero al mio modo di vivere un nome
e fui soltanto una isterica
I tenderly loved some very sweet lovers
without them knowing anything about it.
And I wove spider webs from this and I always fell prey to my own creation.
In me there was the soul of the prostitute
of the saint of the one who lusts for blood and of the hypocrite.
Many people gave a label to my way of life
and all that while I was only an hysteric.