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Theodore Roethke

Data de nascimento: 25. Maio 1908
Data de falecimento: 1. Agosto 1963

Theodore Huebner Roethke was an American poet. Roethke is regarded as one of the most accomplished and influential poets of his generation.Roethke's work is characterized by its introspection, rhythm and natural imagery. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1954 for his book The Waking, and he won the annual National Book Award for Poetry twice, in 1959 for Words for the Wind and posthumously in 1965 for The Far Field.In the November 1968 edition of The Atlantic Monthly, former U.S. Poet Laureate and author James Dickey wrote Roethke was "in my opinion the greatest poet this country has yet produced."Roethke was also a highly regarded poetry teacher. He taught at University of Washington for fifteen years. His students from that period won two Pulitzer Prizes for Poetry and two others were nominated for the award. "He was probably the best poetry-writing teacher ever," said poet Richard Hugo, who studied under Roethke.

Citações Theodore Roethke

„Too much reality can be a dazzle, a surfeit“

—  Theodore Roethke, livro The Far Field

"The Abyss"
The Far Field (1964)
Contexto: Too much reality can be a dazzle, a surfeit;
Too close immediacy an exhaustion

„They teased out the seed that the cold kept asleep, —
All the coils, loops and whorls.
They trellised the sun; they plotted for more than themselves.“

—  Theodore Roethke

"Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze," ll. 19-25
The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948)
Contexto: Like witches they flew along rows,
Keeping creation at ease;
With a tendril for needle
They sewed up the air with a stem;
They teased out the seed that the cold kept asleep, —
All the coils, loops and whorls.
They trellised the sun; they plotted for more than themselves.

„I’m naked to the bone,
With nakedness my shield.“

—  Theodore Roethke

"Open House," ll. 7 - 11
Open House (1941)
Contexto: My truths are all foreknown,
This anguish self-revealed.
I’m naked to the bone,
With nakedness my shield.

„Yet if we wait, unafraid, beyond the fearful instant,
The burning lake turns into a forest pool,
The fire subsides into rings of water,
A sunlit silence.“

—  Theodore Roethke, livro The Far Field

"The Abyss"
The Far Field (1964)
Contexto: A terrible violence of creation,
A flash into the burning heart of the abominable;
Yet if we wait, unafraid, beyond the fearful instant,
The burning lake turns into a forest pool,
The fire subsides into rings of water,
A sunlit silence.

„But who would count eternity in days?
These old bones live to learn her wanton ways:
(I measure time by how a body sways.)“

—  Theodore Roethke

"I Knew a Woman," ll. 22-28
Words for the Wind (1958)
Contexto: Let seed be grass, and grass turn into hay:
I'm martyr to a motion not my own;
What's freedom for? To know eternity.
I swear she cast a shadow white as stone.
But who would count eternity in days?
These old bones live to learn her wanton ways:
(I measure time by how a body sways.)

„Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one:
The shapes a bright container can contain!“

—  Theodore Roethke

"I Knew a Woman," ll. 1 - 4
Words for the Wind (1958)
Contexto: I knew a woman, lovely in her bones,
When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them;
Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one:
The shapes a bright container can contain!

„There's time enough.
Behold, in the lout's eye, love.“

—  Theodore Roethke

"I Cry, Love! Love!," ll. 33-39
Praise to the End! (1951)
Contexto: Beginnings start without shade,
Thinner than minnows.
The live grass whirls with the sun,
Feet run over the simple stones,
There's time enough.
Behold, in the lout's eye, love.

„What the grave says,
The nest denies.“

—  Theodore Roethke

"Unfold! Unfold!," ll. 59-64
Praise to the End! (1951)
Contexto: I'll seek my own meekness.
What grace I have is enough.
The lost have their own pace.
The stalks ask something else.
What the grave says,
The nest denies.

„Like witches they flew along rows,
Keeping creation at ease“

—  Theodore Roethke

"Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze," ll. 19-25
The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948)
Contexto: Like witches they flew along rows,
Keeping creation at ease;
With a tendril for needle
They sewed up the air with a stem;
They teased out the seed that the cold kept asleep, —
All the coils, loops and whorls.
They trellised the sun; they plotted for more than themselves.

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„Love alters all. Unblood my instinct, love.“

—  Theodore Roethke

"The Renewal," ll. 7-10
Words for the Wind (1958)
Contexto: The night wind rises. Does my father live?
Dark hangs upon the waters of the soul.
My flesh is breathing slower than a wall.
Love alters all. Unblood my instinct, love.

„Voice, come out of the silence.
Say something.“

—  Theodore Roethke

The Lost Son, ll. 24 - 29
The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948)
Contexto: p> Voice, come out of the silence.
Say something.
Appear in the form of a spider
Or a moth beating the curtain.Tell me:
Which is the way I take;
Out of what door do I go,
Where and to whom?</p

„And everything comes to One,
As we dance on, dance on, dance on.“

—  Theodore Roethke, livro The Far Field

Once More, the Round," ll. 11-12
The Far Field (1964)
Contexto: p>And I dance with William Blake
For love, for Love's sake;And everything comes to One,
As we dance on, dance on, dance on.</p

„Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?“

—  Theodore Roethke, The Waking

The Waking (1953), The Waking
Contexto: Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

„Snail, snail, glister me forward,
Bird, soft-sigh me home,
Worm, be with me.
This is my hard time.“

—  Theodore Roethke

"The Lost Son," ll. 8-11
The Lost Son and Other Poems (1948)
Contexto: I shook the softening chalk of my bones,
Saying,
Snail, snail, glister me forward,
Bird, soft-sigh me home,
Worm, be with me.
This is my hard time.

„Let seed be grass, and grass turn into hay:
I'm martyr to a motion not my own;
What's freedom for? To know eternity.“

—  Theodore Roethke

"I Knew a Woman," ll. 22-28
Words for the Wind (1958)
Contexto: Let seed be grass, and grass turn into hay:
I'm martyr to a motion not my own;
What's freedom for? To know eternity.
I swear she cast a shadow white as stone.
But who would count eternity in days?
These old bones live to learn her wanton ways:
(I measure time by how a body sways.)

„I knew a woman, lovely in her bones“

—  Theodore Roethke

"I Knew a Woman," ll. 1 - 4
Words for the Wind (1958)
Contexto: I knew a woman, lovely in her bones,
When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them;
Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one:
The shapes a bright container can contain!

„The small become the great, the great the small;
The right thing happens to the happy man.“

—  Theodore Roethke, livro The Far Field

"The Right Thing," ll. 7-9
The Far Field (1964)
Contexto: God bless the roots! — Body and soul are one!
The small become the great, the great the small;
The right thing happens to the happy man.

„I know the motion of the deepest stone.
Each one's himself, yet each one's everyone.“

—  Theodore Roethke

"The Sententious Man," ll. 31-36
Words for the Wind (1958)
Contexto: p>Is pain a promise? I was schooled in pain,
And found out what I could of all desire;
I weep for what I'm like when I'm alone
In the deep center of the voice and fire.I know the motion of the deepest stone.
Each one's himself, yet each one's everyone.</p

„All lovers live by longing, and endure:
Summon a vision and declare it pure.“

—  Theodore Roethke, The Waking

"Four for Sir John Davies," ll. 73-78
The Waking (1953)
Contexto: Dante attained the purgatorial hill,
Trembled at hidden virtue without flaw,
Shook with a mighty power beyond his will, —
Did Beatrice deny what Dante saw?
All lovers live by longing, and endure:
Summon a vision and declare it pure.

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