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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Donald Davie: Time Passing, Beloved

(Metaphor of Time)
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Time passing, and the memories of love
Coming back to me, carissima, no more mockingly
Than ever before; time passing, unslackening,
Unhastening, steadily; and no more
Bitterly, beloved, the memories of love
Coming into the shore.

How will it end? Time passing and our passages of love
As ever, beloved, blind
As ever before; time binding, unbinding
About us; and yet to remember
Never less chastening, nor the flame of love
Less like an amber.

What will become of us? Time
Passing, beloved, and we in a sealed
Assurance unassailed
By memory. How can it end,
This siege of a shore that no misgivings have steeled,
No doubts defend?

Se o tempo tudo apaga, apaga também das memórias o que de amargo o amor viveu, mas a incerteza sobre o futuro, essa é uma indeterminação que permanece, sempre.

[ff time clears everything, it also will erase the memories of that bitter love - while the incertitude about future remains, for ever] 

and that brings us to the Time Metaphor: past is in front of us, cleared and healed by the mechanisms of time - while future is still behind, unknown till it's too late.

(Donald Davie)

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