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Vita Sackville-West

Data de nascimento: 9. Março 1892
Data de falecimento: 2. Junho 1962

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Victoria Mary Sackville-West, mais conhecida por Vita Sackville-West, CH foi uma poeta, romancista e paisagista inglesa. O seu longo poema narrativo, The Land, valeu-lhe o prémio Hawthornden Prize em 1927. Voltaria a vencê-lo em 1933 com os seus Collected Poems, tornando-se o único autor galardoado duas vezes com este prémio. Dedicou-se à criação do seu jardim em Sissinghurst, Kent, que esteve na origem do celebrado Jardim do Castelo de Sissinghurst. Foi famosa pela sua exuberante vida aristocrática, o seu forte casamento e as suas apaixonadas relações lésbicas com mulheres como Virginia Woolf.

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„It is incredible how essential to me you have become.“

—  Vita Sackville-West
Context: It is incredible how essential to me you have become. I suppose you are accustomed to people saying these things. Damn you, spoilt creature; I shan't make you love me any the more by giving myself away like this — But oh my dear, I can't be clever and stand-offish with you: I love you too much for that. Too truly. You have no idea how stand-offish I can be with people I don't love. I have brought it to a fine art. But you have broken down my defences. And I don't really resent it. Letter to Virginia Woolf (21 January 1926), quoted in Love Letters : A Romantic Treasury (1996) by Rick Smith, p. 78

„But this beyond their wit know I:
Man loves a little, and for long shall die.“

—  Vita Sackville-West
Context: The greater cats with golden eyes Stare out between the bars. Deserts are there, and the different skies, And night with different stars. They prowl the aromatic hill, And mate as fiercely as they kill, To roam, to live, to drink their fill; But this beyond their wit know I: Man loves a little, and for long shall die. "The Greater Cats"

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„Of course I have no right whatsoever to write down the truth about my life involving as it naturally does the lives of so many other people, but I do so urged by a necessity of truth-telling, because there is no living soul who knows the complete truth“

—  Vita Sackville-West
Context: Of course I have no right whatsoever to write down the truth about my life involving as it naturally does the lives of so many other people, but I do so urged by a necessity of truth-telling, because there is no living soul who knows the complete truth; here, may be one who knows a section; and there, one who knows another section: but to the whole picture not one is initiated. Autobiographical sketch (23 July 1920), published in Portrait of a Marriage : Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson (1998), p. 3

„The greater cats with golden eyes
Stare out between the bars.
Deserts are there, and the different skies,
And night with different stars.“

—  Vita Sackville-West
Context: The greater cats with golden eyes Stare out between the bars. Deserts are there, and the different skies, And night with different stars. They prowl the aromatic hill, And mate as fiercely as they kill, To roam, to live, to drink their fill; But this beyond their wit know I: Man loves a little, and for long shall die. "The Greater Cats"

„You have no idea how stand-offish I can be with people I don't love. I have brought it to a fine art. But you have broken down my defences. And I don't really resent it.“

—  Vita Sackville-West
Context: It is incredible how essential to me you have become. I suppose you are accustomed to people saying these things. Damn you, spoilt creature; I shan't make you love me any the more by giving myself away like this — But oh my dear, I can't be clever and stand-offish with you: I love you too much for that. Too truly. You have no idea how stand-offish I can be with people I don't love. I have brought it to a fine art. But you have broken down my defences. And I don't really resent it. Letter to Virginia Woolf (21 January 1926), quoted in Love Letters : A Romantic Treasury (1996) by Rick Smith, p. 78

„Why should a poet pray thus? poets scorn
The boundaried love of country, being free
Of winds, and alien lands, and distances,
Vagabonds of the compass, wayfarers,
Pilgrims of thought, the tongues of Pentecost
Their privilege“

—  Vita Sackville-West
Context: Why should a poet pray thus? poets scorn The boundaried love of country, being free Of winds, and alien lands, and distances, Vagabonds of the compass, wayfarers, Pilgrims of thought, the tongues of Pentecost Their privilege, and in the peddler's pack The curious treasures of their stock-in-trade, Bossy and singular, the heritage Of poetry and science, polished bright, Thin with the rubbing of too many hands; Myth, glamour, hazard, fables dim as age, Faith, doubt, perplexity, grief, hope, despair, Wings, and great waters, and Promethean fire, Man's hand to clasp, and Helen's mouth to kiss. Why then in little meadows hedge about A poet's pasture? shed a poet's cloak For fustian? cede a birthright, thus to map So small a corner of so great a world? Winter, p. 4

„I saw within the wheelwright’s shed
The big round cartwheels, blue and red“

—  Vita Sackville-West
Context: I saw within the wheelwright’s shed The big round cartwheels, blue and red; A plough with blunted share; A blue tin jug; a broken chair; And paint in trial patchwork square Slapping up against the wall; The lumber of the wheelwright’s trade, And tools on benches neatly laid, The brace, the adze, the awl; "Making Cider", p. 100

„It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by.“

—  Vita Sackville-West
Context: It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? for the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop. Growth is exciting; growth is dynamic and alarming. Growth of the soul, growth of the mind; how the observation of last year seems childish, superficial; how this year — even this week — even with this new phrase — it seems to us that we have grown to a new maturity. It may be a fallacious persuasion, but at least it is stimulating, and so long as it persists, one does not stagnate. I look back as through a telescope, and see, in the little bright circle of the glass, moving flocks and ruined cities. Twelve Days (1928) p. 9; part of this appears to have also become paraphrased in the form:

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„There was nothing, nothing there,
Nothing there to see.“

—  Vita Sackville-West
Context: Often on the painted stair, As I passed abstractedly, Velvet footsteps, two and three, Padded gravely after me. — There was nothing, nothing there, Nothing there to see. "Leopards at Knole", p. 143

„Leopards on the gable-ends,
Leopards everywhere.“

—  Vita Sackville-West
Context: Leopards on the gable-ends, Leopards on the painted stair, Stiff the blazoned shield they bear, Or and gules, a bend of vair, Leopards on the gable-ends, Leopards everywhere. "Leopards at Knole" p. 143

„I shared with ships good joys and fortunes wide
That might befall their beauty and their pride“

—  Vita Sackville-West
Context: While many a lovely ship below sailed by On unknown errand, kempt and leisurely; And after each, oh, after each, my heart Fled forth, as, watching from the Downs apart, I shared with ships good joys and fortunes wide That might befall their beauty and their pride… "Sailing Ships", p. 162

„Here the old Bacchic piety endures,
Here the sweet legends of the world remain.“

—  Vita Sackville-West
Context: The dusk is heavy with the wine's warm load; Here the long sense of classic measure cures The spirit weary of its difficult pain; Here the old Bacchic piety endures, Here the sweet legends of the world remain. "Tuscany" in The Best Poems of 1923 (1924) edited by Thomas Moult

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„All craftsmen share a knowledge. They have held
Reality down fluttering to a bench.“

—  Vita Sackville-West
Context: All craftsmen share a knowledge. They have held Reality down fluttering to a bench. "Summer", p. 81

„Each flower her son, and every tree her daughter.“

—  Vita Sackville-West
Context: She walks among the loveliness she made, Between the apple-blossom and the water— She walks among the patterned pied brocade, Each flower her son, and every tree her daughter. "The Island", in Bulletin of the Garden Club of America (1929), p. 1, also in Collected Poems (1934), p. 54

„I came from nowhere, and shall be
Strong, steadfast, swift, eternally“

—  Vita Sackville-West
Context: I came from nowhere, and shall be Strong, steadfast, swift, eternally: I am a lion, a stone, a tree, And as the Polar star in me Is fixed my constant heart on thee. Ah, may I stay forever blind With lions, tigers, leopards, and their kind. "The Greater Cats"

„The waking bee, still drowsy on the wing,
Will sense the opening of another year
And blunder out to seek another spring.“

—  Vita Sackville-West
Context: In February, if the days be clear, The waking bee, still drowsy on the wing, Will sense the opening of another year And blunder out to seek another spring. "Bee-Master", p. 40

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