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Edith Sitwellová

Datum narození: 7. září 1887
Datum úmrtí: 9. prosinec 1964
Další jména: Edith Louisa Sitwell

Edith Sitwell, DBE byla anglická básnířka, dcera politika George Sitwella a starší sestra spisovatelů Sacheverella Sitwella a Osberta Sitwella. Své první básně publikovala v roce 1913. V roce 1954 byla oceněna Řádem britského impéria. Kolem roku 1957 byla kvůli Marfanovu syndromu upoutána na invalidní vozík. Zemřela v roce 1964 ve svých sedmasedmdesáti letech. Několik jejích básní bylo zhudebněno Benjaminem Brittenem nebo Williamem Waltonem.

„Při jednání s blbci jsem trpělivost sama. Nesmějí být však ještě na svou blbost pyšní.“

„Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.“

„I am not eccentric. It's just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of catfish.“

„My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.“

„I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty... But I am too busy thinking about myself.“

„I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.“

„Eccentricity is not, as some would believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.“

„Poetry is the deification of reality.“

„Said the Sun to the Moon-'When you are but a lonely white crone,
And I, a dead King in my golden armour somewhere in a dark wood,
Remember only this of our hopeless love
That never till Time is done
Will the fire of the heart and the fire of the mind be one“

„I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent.“


I kept my answers small and kept them near;
Big questions bruised my mind but still I let
Small answers be a bullwark to my fear.

The huge abstractions I kept from the light;
Small things I handled and caressed and loved.
I let the stars assume the whole of night.

But the big answers clamoured to be moved Into my life. Their great audacity
Shouted to be acknowledged and believed.

Even when all small answers build up to
Protection of my spirit, still I hear
Big answers striving for their overthrow.

And all the great conclusions coming near“

„Said the lion to the lioness - "when you are amber dust -
No more a raging fire like the heat of the sun
(no liking but all lust) -
Remember still the flowering of the amber blood
and bone,
the rippling of bright muscles like
a sea,
Remember the rose-prickles of
bright paws
Though we shall mate no more
Till the fire of that sun
and the moon -
Cold bone are one"

Said the skeleton lying upon the
sands of time -
"The great gold planet that
is the mourning heat
of the sun
Is greater than all gold, more powerful
Than the tawny body of a lion that fire
Like all that grows or leaps... so
is the heart.

More powerful than all dust. Once
I was hercules
Or Samson, strong as the pillars of the
But the flames of the heart
Consumed me, and
the mind
Is but a foolish wind.“

„All day long you sit and sew,
Stitch life down for fear it grow,

Stitch life down for fear we guess
At the hidden ugliness.

Dusty voice that throbs with heat,
Hoping with your steel-thin beat

To put stitches in my mind,
Make it tidy, make it kind,

You shall not: I'll keep it free
Though you turn earth, sky and sea

To a patchwork quilt to keep
Your mind snug and warm in sleep!“

„My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence“

„Your soul: pure glucose edged with hints
Of tentative and half-soiled tints“

„The fusty showman fumbles, must
Fit in a particle of dust

The universe, for fear it gain
Its freedom from my cube of brain.

Yet dust bears seeds that grow to grace
Behind my crude-striped wooden face

As I, a puppet tinsel-pink
Leap on my springs, learn how to think—

Till like the trembling golden stalk
Of some long-petalled star, I walk

Through the dark heavens, and the dew
Falls on my eyes and sense thrills through.“

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