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Conrad Aiken

Data de nascimento: 5. Agosto 1889
Data de falecimento: 17. Agosto 1973

Conrad Potter Aiken foi um poeta, ficcionista, antologista e crítico norte-americano. Líder dos novos poetas que apareceram logo depois da Primeira Guerra Mundial.

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„A música que ouvi junto contigo era mais que música, / E o pão que parti junto contigo era mais que pão.“

—  Conrad Aiken

Fonte: Chalita, Mansour. Os mais belos pensamentos de todos os tempos. 4 Edição. Rio de Janeiro: Assoc. Cultural Internac. Gibran. pág. 63

„One white rose... or is it pink, to-day?“

—  Conrad Aiken

They pause and smile, not caring what they say,
If only they may talk.
The crowd flows past them like dividing waters.
Dreaming they stand, dreaming they walk.
The House of Dust (1916 - 1917)

„I think Ushant describes it pretty well, with that epigraph from Tom Brown’s School Days: “I’m the poet of White Horse Vale, sir, with Liberal notions under my cap!” For some reason those lines stuck in my head, and I’ve never forgotten them. This image became something I had to be.“

—  Conrad Aiken

On his childhood inspiration to become a poet, and later studies and efforts to produce poetry.
The Paris Review interview (1963)
Contexto: I think Ushant describes it pretty well, with that epigraph from Tom Brown’s School Days: “I’m the poet of White Horse Vale, sir, with Liberal notions under my cap!” For some reason those lines stuck in my head, and I’ve never forgotten them. This image became something I had to be. … I compelled myself all through to write an exercise in verse, in a different form, every day of the year. I turned out my page every day, of some sort — I mean I didn’t give a damn about the meaning, I just wanted to master the form — all the way from free verse, Walt Whitman, to the most elaborate of villanelles and ballad forms. Very good training. I’ve always told everybody who has ever come to me that I thought that was the first thing to do. And to study all the vowel effects and all the consonant effects and the variation in vowel sounds.

„Music I heard with you was more than music,
And bread I broke with you was more than bread;“

—  Conrad Aiken

I, This section is also known as "Bread and Music"
Discordants (1916)
Contexto: Music I heard with you was more than music,
And bread I broke with you was more than bread;
Now that I am without you, all is desolate;
All that was once so beautiful is dead.

„Ghostly above us in lamplight the towers gleam . . .
And after a while they will fall to dust and rain;
Or else we will tear them down with impatient hands;
And hew rock out of the earth, and build them again.“

—  Conrad Aiken

The House of Dust (1916 - 1917)
Contexto: What did we build it for? Was it all a dream?...
Ghostly above us in lamplight the towers gleam...
And after a while they will fall to dust and rain;
Or else we will tear them down with impatient hands;
And hew rock out of the earth, and build them again.

„I do believe in this evolution of consciousness as the only thing which we can embark on, or in fact, willy-nilly, are embarked on; and along with that will go the spiritual discoveries and, I feel, the inexhaustible wonder that one feels, that opens more and more the more you know.“

—  Conrad Aiken

The Paris Review interview (1963)
Contexto: I do believe in this evolution of consciousness as the only thing which we can embark on, or in fact, willy-nilly, are embarked on; and along with that will go the spiritual discoveries and, I feel, the inexhaustible wonder that one feels, that opens more and more the more you know. It’s simply that this increasing knowledge constantly enlarges your kingdom and the capacity for admiring and loving the universe.

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