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Michael Shepherd



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:41 am    Post subject: Vera Korfioti -- poems from Cyprus Reply with quote

Vera Korfioti is one of our very welcome fellow students from Cyprus, who is a nationally honoured poet with many contributions to the culture of that godly island. She writes in Greek -- thus with a wide readership in Greece itself; but she has been blessed with devoted translators into English.

The effects of translation on poetry are twofold : the 'background' -- the depth and breadth of a national mind, expressed in all the emotional subtleties of language, may be lost; but on the other hand, a simple clarity comes with translation -- as it does with Homer, Dante, Rilke...

But what cannot be lost is the spirit of this poetry. I hope to post poems from Vera from time to time on this thread.

Michael


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Within To Eso

At times it reveals itself Eniote apokalyptetai
as a void os kenon
in a special way me idiaitero tropo
within entos
it can sense dynatai na aisthanetai
it can look on dynatai na parakolouthei
uninvolved like space anetoxo o os xoros
it neither rejoices oute epixairei
nor grieves oute penthei
it contains a sweetness of peace glokuteta eirenys epteriexei
indifferent like tolerance anemelo os he anoxe
indifferent like the ignorance of fear anemelo os he agnoia phobou
or like the ignorance of remorse he os he agnoia typhenu
a non-partisan understanding of facts ametoxe katanomse gegonotou

Silence Within Eso Zile
no matter what route ta perata tes
you might follow opoion dromo
while proceeding ki an akoloutheseis
its limits proxorontas
you would not be able to find den tha eporouses na breis


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Vera Korfioti


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strive


It is not sufficient
to write verses
skilfully

it is not sufficient
to chisel gentle
beautiful or bitter
feelings
to infuse significant meanings
universal messages and then adorn them
with all that you were initiated
in the skilful art of verse making
fanciful finds

Do not stop there
But
with all your courage
transubstantiate
a little poetry into life
strive

To weave it into soul

With all your virtue
strive
to live poetry
Do not stop there...


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Instinctively ENSTIKTODOS


Ever since // Anekathen
man was created // o anthropos plasmenos
from the complete and the void // apo to plures to keno
instinctively // enstiktodos
he turns towards the light // strephetai pros to phos
he seeks the ideal // anazyta to ideodes
idyll // eidillio
he turns eternally // strephetai aionia
towards the Sun // pros ton Helio

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Vera Korfioti

[apologies for any inaccuracies in transcription -- Michael]


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael,

Thank you for pointing me to the Greek ιδυλρον (idyll) which I had been searching for. Yes, it means 'sweetly singing to the harp'

aaah...

Pete
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pete

You are the font of all Greek wisdom...

Michael
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Μιχαηλ

μεν αληθης ουτοι λογοι εισι.

Πετερ
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2009 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pete

As Sokrates said of Aristotle's Kategories -- it's all Greek to me..

Michael
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I Wonder ARAGE

How great Poso megalo
the amazement na etan
must have been to thambos
in Pythagoras' eyes stou Pythagora to blemma
when he was attesting the link otan diapistone to desmo
when he was discovering otan anakalupte
when he was recognizing otan anagnorize
science and mysticism episteme kai mystikismos
to be one na einai ena

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Vera Korfioti
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I started to post transcriptions of Vera's Greek originals, I thought it might be more for curiosity and occasional illumination.
But now I hear a more lyrical, musical quality in the originals than I might have guessed.
I struggle with the accuracy of transcription and getting it onto the screen in Aegean blue (sometimes shipwreck black..) but I'll hope to continue with this.

Those who go on the Sanskrit Week should have the chance to meet the very modest Vera in person.

Please pass on my gratitude and respects.

Michael
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

STIGMIOTYPO A Moment in Time


Kathos bgainete proi ap te thalassa Coming out of the sea in the morning
exete dei have you ever noticed
na prosgeionetai sten ammo ena pouli analaphra a bird softly alighting on the sand
aerina komcho airily elegant
den brisketai panomoiotupo one cannot find another like it
olakeros o chronos stamata all of time stops
kai sympyknonetai and condenses itself
mesa se keine te stigme in that moment

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:57 am    Post subject: Sweetly singing to the harp ... Reply with quote

I want to draw these lovely poems to the attention of Forum readers.
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