Evelyn Waugh, Jan Weiler, István Kemény, JMH Berckmans, John Hollander

De Britse schrijver Evelyn Waugh werd geboren in Londen op 28 oktober 1903. Zie ook alle tags voor Evelyn Waugh op dit blog.

Uit:The Loved One

‘I will give the matter every consideration.’
‘I’ll leave our brochure with you. And now I must hand you over to the cosmetician.’
She left the room and Dennis at once forgot everything about her. He had seen her before everywhere. American mothers, Dennis reflected, presumably knew their daughters apart, as the Chinese were said subtly to distinguish one from another of their seemingly uniform race, but to the European eye the Mortuary Hostess was one with all her sisters of the air-liners and the reception-desks, one with Miss Poski at the Happier Hunting Ground. She was the standard product. A man could leave such a girl in a delicatessen shop in New York, fly three thousand miles and find her again in the cigar stall at San Francisco, just as he would find his favourite comic strip in the local paper; and she would croon the same words to him in moments of endearment and express the same views and preferences in moments of social discourse. She was convenient; but Dennis came of an earlier civilization with sharper needs. He sought the intangible, the veiled face in the fog, the silhouette at the lighted doorway, the secret graces of a body which hid itself under formal velvet. He did not covet the spoils of this rich continent, the sprawling limbs of the swimming-pool, the wide-open painted eyes and mouths under the arc-lamps. But the girl who now entered was unique. Not indefinably; the appropriate distinguishing epithet leapt to Dennis’s mind the moment he saw her: sole Eve in a bustling hygienic Eden, this girl was a decadent.
She wore the white livery of her calling; she entered the room, sat at the table and poised her fountain-pen with the same professional assurance as her predecessor’s, but she was what Dennis had vainly sought during a lonely year of exile.
Her hair was dark and straight, her brows wide, her skin transparent and untarnished by sun. Her lips were artificially tinctured, no doubt, but not coated like her sisters’ and clogged in all their delicate pores with crimson grease; they seemed to promise instead an unmeasured range of sensual converse. Her full face was oval, her profile pure and classical and light; her eyes greenish and remote, with a rich glint of lunacy.”.

 
Evelyn Waugh (28 oktober 1903 – 10 april 1966)
Scene uit de gelijknamige film uit 1965 met Robert Morley (Sir Ambrose Abercombie) en Robert Morse (Dennis Barlow)

 

De Duitse schrijver en journalist Jan Weiler werd geboren op 28 oktober 1967 in Düsseldorf. Zie ook alle tags voor Jan Weiler op dit blog.

Uit: In meinem kleinen Land

“Was ich auch gefragt wurde: Und? Wie sind sie so, die Deutschen? Komische Frage, denn sie wird ja immer von Landsleuten gestellt. Die müssten ja selber wissen, wie sie sind. Trotzdem beantworte ich die Frage gerne, denn die Deutschen sind viel besser als ihr Ruf. Sie sind freundlich. Höflich. Hilfsbereit. Sie haben Humor.
Ich bin nie wirklich schlecht behandelt worden auf meiner Reise. Manchmal drücken sich die Leute einfach schlecht aus. Oder sie denken für einen Moment nicht nach. Oder sie haben den Kopf voll mit anderen Dingen und können gerade nicht höflich sein. Das kann einem überall passieren, nicht nur in Deutschland.
Einmal habe ich in einem IC eine Fahrkarte für den Nahverkehr dabeigehabt. Der Schaffner hat keinen Zuschlag von mir verlangt. Wissen Sie, wieso? Weil die Heizung im Zug nicht funktionierte. In Rostock haben sie extra für mich die Küche wieder aufgemacht, als ich spätabends zurück ins Hotel kam. Eine Taxifahrerin aus Ennepetal hat mich an einem Schneesamstag, als überall das Licht ausging, durchs Chaos gefahren, obwohl man sie woanders noch viel dringender gebraucht hätte.
Übrigens: Es gibt womöglich eine deutsche Mentalität, aber kaum eine regionale. Die Menschen lachen überall an den gleichen Stellen. Es gibt keine sturen Westfalen oder exaltierten Rheinländer oder schwierig zu erobernde Norddeutsche oder dankbare Thüringer. Alles Unsinn. Manchmal lachen die Zuschauer lauter, manchmal leiser, manchmal gibt es Szenenapplaus, manchmal nicht.
Könnten Sie einhundert deutsche Städte aus dem Kopf aufzählen? Ich hätte es nicht gekonnt. Dabei hat unser kleines Land sogar noch viel mehr. Ich habe jedenfalls einhundert gesehen, und die allermeisten haben mir gefallen. Und noch viel mehr als die Städte haben mir die Menschen gefallen, also die Deutschen. Man traut es sich beinahe nicht zu formulieren, aber im Großen und Ganzen haben wir es nicht schlecht getroffen.”

 
Jan Weiler (Düsseldorf, 28 oktober 1967)

 

De Hongaarse dichter en schrijver István Kemény werd geboren op 28 oktober 1961 in Boedapest. Zie ook alle tags voor István Kemény op dit blog.

Der Vater, wie er im Buche steht

Gib mir: ein Geheimnis. Einen Rat. Eine Stellung bei Hofe
Oder gib mir den einen, den Geheimrat bei Hofe
Einen, der altmodisch, bärtig  und  korpulent  ist
Ein Realist der gleichwohl Wahrhaftiges spricht
Ein alter Schulfreund längst verstorbener Maler
Die Traumrolle jedes Schauspielers mit erfahrenem Alter
Einen, der heimlich bewundert wird von jedermann
Gegenstand vieler Witze, über die man herzhaft lachen kann
Schon zweimal verhasst, vier oder fünfmal nur langweilig
womöglich wird er bald wieder als Minister vereidigt
Seine Affären waren vor kurzem noch in aller Munde
Dass er ab und zu trinkt, macht unter Freunden die Runde
Auf großen Festen plaudert er haltlos und mit Genuss
doch fremde Plattitüden hält er diskret unter Verschluss
Einmal die Woche bittet er den Philosophen zu Tische
Als Amateurhistoriker pflegt er seine geistige Frische
Ob Tabakpfeife, oder Epoche, er kennt alle Details
nicht ein deutscher Fürstenname, den er nicht weiß
Er hat auch Schlechtes getan, er erkennt das Vergehen
doch kennt keine Reue, er macht nichts ungeschehen.
Er weiss, er müsste unfehlbar sein, weiss er ist es nicht
und könnte mich dennoch töten lassen, oder auch dich.
Ich wüsste, er sorgte für mich, auch wenn ich fremd wär
alles könnte ich sein, mich quälte keine Freiheit mehr.

 

Vertaald door Orsolya Kalász en Monika Rinck

 

Visiting The King

I know you are preparing for battle, Sir,
and your time is precious, for maybe it will be your
last night, your captains are waiting, because
even your strategy is incomplete, and your servants
are making your luxurious, though light and perhaps
last feast, and girls in their colorful tents
are beautifying themselves in a hurry,
you do not have much time left to chatter, especially
because I’ve come from the enemy camp,
I’ve grown up and learned there, there I was in love,
and there is my past, though I am not a traitor,
but a traveller, a wanderer,
wise and impudent, very brave at the moment
and even a bit surprised at that, but neither
mad nor drunk, and I do not want to kill
or to divert you, I’ve simply come
to ask, whether you send
a message towards the very edge,
since I am just on my way, to
call or shout from over there,
as I’m bored with God keeping silent.

 

Vertaald door Gábor Mezei

 
István Kemény (Boedapest, 28 oktober 1961)

 

De Vlaamse schrijver JMH Berckmans (Jean-Marie Henri) werd geboren in Leopoldsburg op 28 oktober 1953. Zie ook alle tags voor JMH Berckmans op dit blog.

Uit: Een beetje voorbij het huis van Elsschot

“Het zou trouwens de eerste keer niet zijn dat de witte mens de dikke koe haar smoel ineen timmert. Het zou de eerste keer niet zijn dat de witte mens het kot afbreekt. De witte mens heeft problemen. Hij gaat met z’n problemen naar Beretta maar Beretta heeft al honderdduizend keer gezegd dat ze hem niet kan helpen. Hij is al bij Landuyt geweest en Landuyt kon hem ook niet helpen. Hij heeft al in de doos gezeten en zelfs van de doos is hij niet wijzer geworden en op den duur hebben ze ‘m losgelaten. Tegen hem zegt iedereen witte mens, al heet hij eigenlijk Paul Serge Rosette, naar zijn peter en zijn meter en zijn doodgeboren broertje.
In de voorkamer ligt Mie Bees al jaren op sterven maar nu gaat ze het niet lang meer maken. Camilla de gorilla heeft de onderpastoor besteld voor de belezing van de stervenden. Alle anderen wachten in spanning af. De priester laat op zich wachten.
Het wordt steeds later. Misschien komt hij morgen pas, misschien zijn er vandaag te veel stervenden in de wereld van de levenden.
Carlos is vrijer van de dikke koe en Ludo Cleerbout is de vrijer van de zwarte heks en behalve de zwarte heks heeft niemand het hoog op met Ludo Cleerbout vanwege z’n maniertjes en z’n smoeltje en z’n vele, vele praatjes voor de vaak. Hij werkt aan de band in een autovelgenfabriek en brengt voor het overige de tijd zo maar een beetje zoek met platen draaien op fuiven en rondhangen tot de nacht in de dag verkleurt. Als de zwarte heks van school af is willen ze trouwen en ergens in de randstad gaan wonen met hun meubeltjes en hun stereo en hun autootje in de box. Hun Volkswagentje. Maar eerst wil ze de school af maken. De handelshumaniora op Mère Jeanne in de Tabaksvest. Zodat ze een baantje vindt op een kantoortje en ganse dagen pennen likken kan en haar zestienjarige kont verslijten tot er sleet op zit en ze veulens en kalveren baren kan.
En ten slotte is er het jong Veerle, maar het jong Veerle is bijkomstig, het jong Veerle is nog maar zeven, het jong Veerle heeft nergens weet van, het jong Veerle snapt toch de ballen van wat er hier allemaal aan de hand is. Het jong Veerle snapt de ballen van Big Jim.”

 
JMH Berckmans (28 oktober 1953 – 31 augustus 2008)

 

De Amerikaanse dichter en criticus John Hollander werd geboren op 28 oktober 1929 in New York. Zie ook alle tags voor John Hollander op dit blog.

The Mad Potter (Fragment)

Now at the turn of the year this coil of clay
Bites its own tail: a New Year starts to choke
On the old one’s ragged end. I bite my tongue
As the end of me—of my rope of stuff and nonsense
(The nonsense held, it was the stuff that broke),
Of bones and light, of levity and crime,
Of reddish clay and hope—still bides its time.

Each of my pots is quite unusable,
Even for contemplating as an object
Of gross unuse. In its own mode of being
Useless, though, each of them remains unique,
Subject to nothing, and themselves unseeing,
Stronger by virtue of what makes them weak.

I pound at all my clay. I pound the air.
This senseless lump, slapped into something like
Something, sits bound around by my despair.
For even as the great Creator’s free
Hand shapes the forms of life, so—what? This pot,
Unhollowed solid, too full of itself,
Runneth over with incapacity.
I put it with the others on the shelf.

These tiny cups will each provide one sip
Of what’s inside them, aphoristic prose
Unwilling, like full arguments, to make
Its points, then join them in extended lines
Like long draughts from the bowl of a deep lake.
The honey of knowledge, like my milky slip,
Firms slowly up against what merely flows.


John Hollander (28 oktober 1929 – 17 augustus 2013)

 

Zie voor nog meer schrijvers van de 28e oktober ook mijn vorige blog van vandaag.

Evelyn Waugh, Jan Weiler, JMH Berckmans, John Hollander, Al Galidi, Uwe Tellkamp, Johannes Daniel Falk, Karl Philipp Conz, Arjen van Veelen

De Britse schrijver Evelyn Waugh werd geboren in Londen op 28 oktober 1903. Zie ook mijn blog van 28 oktober 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Evelyn Waugh op dit blog.

Uit:The Loved One

“The benefits of the plan are twofold” — she was speaking by the book now with a vengeance — “financial and psychological. You, Mr. Barlow, are now approaching your optimum earning phase. You are no doubt making provision of many kinds for your future — investments, insurance policies and so forth. You plan to spend your declining days in security but have you considered what burdens you may not be piling up for those you leave behind? Last month, Mr. Barlow, a husband and wife were here consulting us about Before Need Provision. They were prominent citizens in the prime of life with two daughters just budding into womanhood. They heard all particulars, they were impressed and said they would return in a few days to complete arrangements. Only next day those two passed on, Mr. Barlow, in an automobile accident, and instead of them there came two distraught orphans to ask what arrangements their parents had made. We were obliged to inform them that no arrangements had been made. In the hour of their greatest need those children were left comfortless. How different it would have been had we been able to say to them: ‘Welcome to all the Happiness of Whispering Glades.’ ”
“Yes, but you know I haven’t any children. Besides I am a foreigner. I have no intention of dying here.”
“Mr. Barlow, you are afraid of death.”
“No, I assure you.”
“It is a natural instinct, Mr. Barlow, to shrink from the unknown. But if you discuss it openly and frankly you remove morbid reflexions. That is one of the things the psycho-analysts have taught us. Bring your dark fears into the light of the common day of the common man, Mr. Barlow. Realize that death is not a private tragedy of your own but the general lot of man. As Hamlet so beautifully writes: ‘Know that death is common; all that live must die.’ Perhaps you think it morbid and even dangerous to give thought to this subject, Mr. Barlow, the contrary has been proved by scientific investigation. Many people let their vital energy lag prematurely and their earning capacity diminish simply through fear of death. By removing that fear they actually increase their expectation of life. Choose now, at leisure and in health, the form of final preparation you require, pay for it while you are best able to do so, shed all anxiety. Pass the buck, Mr. Barlow; Whispering Glades can take it.”

 
Evelyn Waugh (28 oktober 1903 – 10 april 1966)
Scene uit de gelijknamige film uit 1965 met Robert Morse als Dennis Barlow (links)

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Evelyn Waugh, Jan Weiler, JMH Berckmans, John Hollander, Al Galidi, Uwe Tellkamp, Johannes Daniel Falk, Karl Philipp Conz

De Britse schrijver Evelyn Waugh werd geboren in Londen op 28 oktober 1903. Zie ook mijn blog van 28 oktober 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Evelyn Waugh op dit blog.

Uit:Brideshead Revisited

“Sebastian lived at Christ Church, high in Meadow Buildings. He was alone when I came, peeling a plover’s egg taken from the large nest of moss in the centre of his table.
‘I’ve just counted them,’ he said. ‘There were five each and two over, so I’m having the two. I’m unaccountably hungry today. I put myself unreservedly in the hands of Dolbear and Goodall, and feel so drugged that I’ve begun to believe that the whole of yesterday evening was a dream. Please don’t wake me up.
He was entrancing, with that epicene beauty which in extreme youth sings aloud for love and withers at the first cold wind.
His room was filled with a. strange jumble of objects—a harmonium in a gothic case, an elephant’s-foot waste-paper basket, a dome of wax fruit, two disproportionately large Sèvres vases, framed drawings by Daumier—made all the more incongruous by the austere college furniture and the large luncheon table. His chimney-piece was covered in cards of invitation from London hostesses.

 
Anthony Anfrews (Sebastian) en Jeremy Irons (Charles) in de tv-serie Brideshead Revisited uit 1981

‘That beast Hobson has put Aloysius next door,’ he said. ‘Perhaps it’s as well, as there wouldn’t have been any plovers’ eggs for him. D’you know, Hobson hates Aloysius. I wish I had a scout like yours. He was sweet to me this morning where some people might have been quite strict.’
The party assembled. There were three Etonian freshmen, mild, elegant, detached young men who had all been to a dance in London the night before, and spoke of it as though it had been the funeral of a near but unloved kinsman. Each as he came into the room made first for the plovers’ eggs, then noticed Sebastian and then myself with a polite lack of curiosity which seemed to say: ‘We should not dream of being so offensive as to suggest that you never met us before.’
‘The first this year,’ they said. ‘Where do you get them?’
‘Mummy sends them from Brideshead. They always lay early for her.’
When the eggs were gone and we were eating the lobster Newburg, the last guest arrived.
‘My dear,’ he said, ‘I couldn’t get away before. I was lunching with my p-ppreposterous tutor. He thought it ‘was very odd my leaving when I did. I told him I had to change for F-f-footer.’

 
Evelyn Waugh (28 oktober 1903 – 10 april 1966)

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Evelyn Waugh, Jan Weiler, JMH Berckmans, John Hollander, Al Galidi, Uwe Tellkamp

De Britse schrijver Evelyn Waugh werd geboren in Londen op 28 oktober 1903. Zie ook mijn blog van 28 oktober 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Evelyn Waugh op dit blog.

Uit:Brideshead Revisited

‘It wasn’t one of my party. It was someone from out of college.’
‘Well, it’s just as nasty clearing it up, whoever it was.’
‘There’s five shillings on the sideboard.’
‘So I saw and thank you, but I’d rather not have the money and not have the mess, any morning.’
I took my gown and left him to his task. I still frequented the lecture-room in those days, and it was after eleven when I returned to college. I found my room full of flowers; what looked like, and, in fact, was, the entire day’s stock of a market-stall stood in every conceivable vessel in every part of the room. Lunt was secreting the last of them in brown paper preparatory to taking them home.
‘Lunt, what is all this?’
‘The gentleman from last night, sir, he left a note for you.’
The note was written in conté crayon on a whole sheet of my choice Whatman H.P. drawing paper: I am very contrite. Aloysius won’t speak to me until he sees I am forgiven, so please come to luncheon today. Sebastian Flyte. It was typical of him, I reflected, to assume I knew where he lived; but, then, I did know.

 
Anthony Anfrews (Sebastian), Diana Quick (Julia) en Jeremy Irons (Charles) in de tv-serie Brideshead Revisited uit 1981

‘A most amusing gentleman, I’m sure it’s quite a pleasure to clean up after him. I take it you’re lunching out, sir. I told Mr Collins and Mr Partridge so—they wanted to have their commons in here with you.’
‘Yes, Lunt, lunching out.’
That luncheon party—for party it proved to be—was the beginning o f a new epoch in my life.
I went there uncertainly, for it was foreign ground and there was a tiny, priggish, warning voice in my ear which in the tones of Collins told me it was seemly to hold back. But I was in search of love in those days, and I went full of curiosity and the faint, unrecognized apprehension that here, at last, I should find that low door in the wall, which others, I knew had found before me, which opened on an enclosed and enchanted garden, which was somewhere, not overlooked by any window, in the heart of that grey city.”

 
Evelyn Waugh (28 oktober 1903 – 10 april 1966)

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Evelyn Waugh, Jan Weiler, JMH Berckmans, John Hollander, Al Galidi, Uwe Tellkamp

De Britse schrijver Evelyn Waugh werd geboren in Londen op 28 oktober 1903. Zie ook mijn blog van 28 oktober 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Evelyn Waugh op dit blog.

Uit: Brideshead Revisited

“I threw open my windows and from the quad outside came the not uncommon sounds of bibulous laughter and unsteady steps. A voice said: “Hold up”; another, “Come on”; another, “Plenty of time . . . House . . . till Tom stops ringing”; and another, clearer than the rest, “D’you know I feel most unaccountably unwell. I must leave you a minute,” and there appeared at my window the face I knew to be Sebastian’s — but not as I had formerly seen it, alive and alight with gaiety; he looked at me for a moment with unseeing eyes and then, leaning forward well into the room, he was sick.
It was not unusual for dinner parties to end in that way; there was in fact a recognized tariff on such occasions for the comfort of the scout; we were all learning, by trial and error, to carry our wine. There was also a kind of insane and endearing orderliness about Sebastian’s choice, in his extremity, of an open window. But, when all is said, it remained an unpropitious meeting.

 
Anthony Andrews als Sebastian in de tv-serie Brideshead Revisited uit 1981

His friends bore him to the gate and, in a few minutes, his host, an amiable Etonian of my year, returned to apologize. He, too, was tipsy and his explanations were repetitive and, towards the end, tearful. “The wines were too various,” he said; “it was neither the quality nor the quantity that was at fault. It was the mixture. Grasp that and you have the root of the matter. To understand all is to forgive all.”
“Yes,” I said, but it was with a sense of grievance that I faced Lunt’s reproaches next morning.
“A couple of jugs of mulled claret between the five of you,” Lunt said, “and this had to happen. Couldn’t even get to the window. Those that can’t keep it down are better without it.”

 
Evelyn Waugh (28 oktober 1903 – 10 april 1966)
Waugh als student in Oxford, 1923

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Evelyn Waugh, JMH Berckmans, John Hollander, Al Galidi, Uwe Tellkamp

De Britse schrijver Evelyn Waugh werd geboren in Londen op 28 oktober 1903. Zie ook mijn blog van 28 oktober 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor Evelyn Waugh op dit blog.

 

Uit: Brideshead Revisited

 

“… The whole argument from Significant Form stands or falls by volume. If you allow Cézanne to represent a third dimension on his two-dimensional canvas, then you must allow Landseer his gleam of loyalty in the spaniel’s eye”—but it was not until Sebastian, idly turning the page of Clive Bell’s Art, read: “‘Does anyone feel the same kind of emotion for a butterfly or a flower that he feels for a cathedral or a picture?’ Yes. I do,” that my eyes were opened.

I knew Sebastian by sight long before I met him. That was unavoidable for, from his first week, he was the most conspicuous man of his year by reason of his beauty, which was arresting, and his eccentricities of behaviour which seemed to know no bounds. My first sight of him was as we passed in the door of Germer’s, and, on that occasion, I was struck less by his looks than by the fact that he was carrying a large Teddy-bear.

“That,” said the barber, as I took his chair, “was Lord Sebastian Flyte. A most amusing young gentleman.”

 

 

 

Jeremy Irons en Anthony Andrews als Charles en Sebastian

In de tv-serie Brideshead Revisited uit 1981

 

 

“Apparently,” I said coldly.

“The Marquis of Marchmain’s second boy. His brother, the Earl of Brideshead, went down last term. Now he was very different, a very quiet gentleman, quite like an old man. What do you suppose Lord Sebastian wanted? A hair brush for his Teddy-bear; it had to have very stiff bristles, not, Lord Sebastian said, to brush him with, but to threaten him with a spanking when he was sulky. He bought a very nice one with an ivory back and he’s having ‘Aloysius’ engraved on it—that’s the bear’s name.” The man, who, in his time, had had ample chance to tire of undergraduate fantasy, was plainly captivated by him. I, however, remained censorious and subsequent glimpses of Sebastian, driving in a hansom cab and dining at the George in false whiskers, did not soften me, although Collins, who was reading Freud, had a number of technical terms to cover everything.

Nor, when at last we met, were the circumstances propitious. It was shortly before midnight in early March; I had been entertaining the college intellectuals to mulled claret; the fire was roaring, the air of my room heavy with smoke and spice, and my mind weary with metaphysics.

 

 

 

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John Hollander, Al Galidi, Johannes Daniel Falk, Karl Philipp Conz

De Amerikaanse dichter en criticus John Hollander werd geboren op 28 oktober 1929 in New York. Zie ook mijn blog van 28 oktober 2010 en eveneens alle tags voor John Hollander op dit blog.

 

Uit: A Close Look at Robert Frost

“I’m going to talk this afternoon about Frost as a myth-maker, which is usually not how we think of him. I’m going to look closely at that poem of Frost’s called “The Oven Bird,” which I think very easy and very difficult at once.

Mythologizing any construction of nature, an animal, plant, a geological formation, a moment of process–this could be seen both as a desecration and a celebration of pragmatically considered fact. When this goes on in poetry–what Frost himself called “the renewal of words forever and ever”–it is accompanied and invigorated by a reciprocal mythologizing of the very words used in the poetic process. Literature is full of mythological, mostly composite creatures: phoenix, unicorn, basilisk, chimera, hydra, centaur. As nature is even more full of creatures totally innocent of interpretation: woodchuck, anteater, turbot, Shetland pony, jellyfish, and quail. But then, there are the fallen creatures, the intermediate ones: lion, eagle, ant, grasshopper, barracuda, fox, hyena . . . who have been infected with signification from Aesop on. It is one of the tasks of poetry to keep renewing the taxonomic class of such creatures, by luring them unwittingly into a cage of metaphor, which of course they are not aware of inhabiting. Such new reconstructions of animals are almost a post-Romantic cottage industry, even as the rehearsal, again and again, of the traditional ones, used to characterize pre-Romantic emblematic poetry. I want to look at a well-known instance of such reconstruction, in the case of Frost’s “The Oven Bird.”

We’ll start with the unpoetic ornithology from The Field Guide to North American Birds: “Sayerus Oricopilus is a ground-walking warbler. It is common in deciduous woods. It builds a domed nest on the ground and sings from an exposed perch on the understory of the trees.”

 

John Hollander (New York, 28 oktober 1929)

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