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Теодор Рётке

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

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» .


„В темные времена глаз начинает видеть.“

„The darkness has it's own light.“


„Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among mysteries.“ Straw for the Fire: From the Notebooks of Theodore Roethke

„I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me, so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.“
The Collected Poems

„What we need are more people who specialize in the impossible.“

„Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light.“

„By daily dying, I have come to be.“ The Collected Poems

„May my silences become more accurate.“


„Art is the means we have of undoing the damage of haste. It's what everything else isn't.“ On Poetry and Craft: Selected Prose

„In a dark time, the eye begins to see,
I meet my shadow in the deepening shade;
I hear my echo in the echoing wood--
A lord of nature weeping to a tree.
I live between the heron and the wren,
Beasts of the hill and serpents of the den.

What's madness but nobility of soul
At odds with circumstance? The day's on fire!
I know the purity of pure despair,
My shadow pinned against a sweating wall.
That place among the rocks--is it a cave,
Or winding path? The edge is what I have.

A steady storm of correspondences!
A night flowing with birds, a ragged moon,
And in broad day the midnight comes again!
A man goes far to find out what he is--
Death of the self in a long, tearless night,
All natural shapes blazing unnatural light.

Dark, dark my light, and darker my desire.
My soul, like some heat-maddened summer fly,
Keeps buzzing at the sill. Which I is?
A fallen man, I climb out of my fear.
The mind enters itself, and God the mind,
And one is One, free in the tearing wind.“

„How body from spirit slowly does unwind, until we are pure spirit at the end.“

„Over every mountain, there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.“


„I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.“
The Collected Poems

„In a dark time, the eye begins to see.“

„Pain wanders through my bones like a lost fire“

„So much of adolescence is an ill-defined dying,
An intolerable waiting,
A longing for another place and time,
Another condition.“
Words for the Wind: The Collected Verse

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