I Hear an Army Charging Upon the Land

James Joyce
Language: English

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Versi di James Joyce, nella raccolta intitolata “Chamber Music”
Come suggerisce il titolo, tutte le 36 poesie contenute nella raccolta hanno un’innata musicalità, e infatti sono state messe in musica da innumerevoli compositori, da Luciano Berio a Syd Barrett a Jim O'Rourke ai Mercury Rev.

James Joyce

Lo stesso Joyce era un ottimo musicista e non è escluso che questa e altre poesie le avesse concepite musicalmente lui stesso.
I hear an army charging upon the land,
And the thunder of horses plunging, foam about their knees:
Arrogant, in black armour, behind them stand,
Disdaining the reins, with flutt'ring whips, the charioteers.

They cry unto the night their battlename:
I moan in sleep when I hear afar their whirling laughter.
They cleave the gloom of dreams, a blinding flame,
Clanging, clanging upon the heart as upon an anvil.

They come shaking in triumph their long, green hair:
They come out of the sea and run shouting by the shore.
My heart, have you no wisdom thus to despair?
My love, my love, why have you left me alone?

Contributed by Bernart Bartleby - 2015/7/23 - 13:39

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