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Теодор Рётке

Дата рождения: 25. Май 1908
Дата смерти: 1. Август 1963

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Теодор Хюбнер Рётке — американский поэт.

Родился в семье немецких иммигрантов. Получил образование в Мичиганском университете , получил степень магистра в Гарвардском. В конце 1930-х годов начал преподавать английскую и американскую литературу в различных университетах и колледжах США, завершив свою преподавательскую карьеру в Вашингтонском университете . Стихи, написанные в 1930-е годы, вошли в книгу «Открытый дом» . Сборник сразу же получил одобрение критиков и признание публики.

Среди десяти его сборников, три из которых вышли посмертно, наиболее известны книги «Пробуждение» , за которую поэт был удостоен Пулитцеровской премии , и «„Аз есмь!“ — глаголет Агнец» . Теодор Рётке был удостоен дважды ежегодной Национальной книжной премии за стихи, в 1959 году и посмертно в 1965 году. В 1966 вышел том «Избранного» .

Цитаты Теодор Рётке

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„Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among mysteries.“

— Theodore Roethke, Straw for the Fire: From the Notebooks of Theodore Roethke

„What the grave says,
The nest denies.“

— Theodore Roethke
Context: I'll seek my own meekness. What grace I have is enough. The lost have their own pace. The stalks ask something else. What the grave says, The nest denies. "Unfold! Unfold!," ll. 59-64

„I saw the separateness of all things!“

— Theodore Roethke
Context: I saw the separateness of all things! My heart lifted up with the great grasses; The weeds believed me, and the nesting birds. "A Field of Light," ll. 45-47

„Is pain a promise? I was schooled in pain“

— Theodore Roethke
Context: p>Is pain a promise? I was schooled in pain, And found out what I could of all desire; I weep for what I'm like when I'm alone In the deep center of the voice and fire.I know the motion of the deepest stone. Each one's himself, yet each one's everyone.</p "The Sententious Man," ll. 31-36

„Like witches they flew along rows,
Keeping creation at ease“

— Theodore Roethke
Context: Like witches they flew along rows, Keeping creation at ease; With a tendril for needle They sewed up the air with a stem; They teased out the seed that the cold kept asleep, — All the coils, loops and whorls. They trellised the sun; they plotted for more than themselves. "Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze," ll. 19-25

„Who stunned the dirt into noise?
Ask the mole, he knows.“

— Theodore Roethke
Context: Who stunned the dirt into noise? Ask the mole, he knows. I feel the slime of a wet nest. Beware Mother Mildew. Nibble again, fish nerves. "The Lost Son," ll. 66-70

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„We are afraid of what our eyes have seen:
For something is amiss or out of place
When mice with wings can wear a human face.“

— Theodore Roethke
Context: He loops in crazy figures half the night Among the trees that face the corner light. But when he brushes up against a screen, We are afraid of what our eyes have seen: For something is amiss or out of place When mice with wings can wear a human face. "The Bat," ll. 5-10

„Let seed be grass, and grass turn into hay:
I'm martyr to a motion not my own;
What's freedom for? To know eternity.“

— Theodore Roethke
Context: Let seed be grass, and grass turn into hay: I'm martyr to a motion not my own; What's freedom for? To know eternity. I swear she cast a shadow white as stone. But who would count eternity in days? These old bones live to learn her wanton ways: (I measure time by how a body sways.) "I Knew a Woman," ll. 22-28

„What's left is light as a seed;
I need an old crone's knowing.“

— Theodore Roethke
Context: How can I rest in the days of my slowness? I've become a strange piece of flesh, Nervous and cold, bird-furtive, whiskery, With a cheek soft as a hound's ear. What's left is light as a seed; I need an old crone's knowing. "Meditations of an Old Woman: First Meditation," ll. 15-21

„My secrets cry aloud.
I have no need for tongue.“

— Theodore Roethke
Context: My secrets cry aloud. I have no need for tongue. My heart keeps open house, My doors are widely swung. An epic of the eyes My love, with no disguise. "Open House," ll. 1-6

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„Over the gulfs of dream
Flew a tremendous bird“

— Theodore Roethke
Context: Over the gulfs of dream Flew a tremendous bird Further and further away Into a moonless black, Deep in the brain, far back. "Night Crow," ll. 4-8

„Death was not. I lived in a simple drowse:
Hands and hair moved through a dream of wakening blossoms.“

— Theodore Roethke
Context: Death was not. I lived in a simple drowse: Hands and hair moved through a dream of wakening blossoms. Rain sweetened the cave and the dove still called; The flowers leaned on themselves, the flowers in hollows; And love, love sang toward. "The Shape of the Fire," ll. 73-77

„To know that light falls and fills, often without our knowing.“

— Theodore Roethke
Context: To stare into the after-light, the glitter left on the lake's surface, When the sun has fallen behind a wooded island; To follow the drips sliding from a lifted oar Held up, while the rower breathes, and the small boat drifts quietly shoreward; To know that light falls and fills, often without our knowing. The Shape of the Fire," ll. 88-92

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