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Вита Сэквилл-Уэст

Дата рождения: 9. Март 1892
Дата смерти: 2. Июнь 1962

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Вита Сэквилл-Уэст — английская писательница, аристократка, садовод, журналист. Обладательница почётной степени доктора словесности , мировой судья .

Её поэма «Земля» получила британскую литературную Готорнденскую премию в 1926 году. Второй раз Вита получила эту награду за книгу «Избранные стихотворения» в 1933 году, став, таким образом, единственным писателем, получавшим награду дважды. В 1948 году награждена Орденом Кавалеров Почёта за заслуги в литературе. Созданный ею и мужем сад Сиссингхерст является одним из признанных шедевров садового искусства Англии .

Вита Сэквилл-Уэст известна не только и не столько литературными трудами, сколько подробностями яркой личной жизни. Особую известность получили её романтические отношения с писательницами Вайолет Трефусис и Вирджинией Вулф.

Родившись в эру правления королевы Виктории, проведя юность в правление Эдуарда VII, достигнув зрелости в период модернизма, Вита была одной из ярчайших представительниц смены эпох в английской истории.

Полное имя — Виктория Мэри Сэквилл-Уэст, Достопочтенная леди Николсон, член Ордена Кавалеров Почёта .

Цитаты Вита Сэквилл-Уэст

„Here the old Bacchic piety endures,
Here the sweet legends of the world remain.“

— Vita Sackville-West
Context: The dusk is heavy with the wine's warm load; Here the long sense of classic measure cures The spirit weary of its difficult pain; Here the old Bacchic piety endures, Here the sweet legends of the world remain. "Tuscany" in The Best Poems of 1923 (1924) edited by Thomas Moult

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„It was a real event in my life and my heart to be with you the other day. We do matter to each other, don't we? however much our ways may have diverged.“

— Vita Sackville-West
Context: It was a real event in my life and my heart to be with you the other day. We do matter to each other, don't we? however much our ways may have diverged. I think we have got something indestructible between us, haven't we? … It has been a very strange relationship, ours; unhappy at times, happy at others; but unique in its way, and infinitely precious to me and (may I say?) to you. What I like about it is that we always come together again however long the gaps in our meetings may have been. Time seems to make no difference. Letter to http://www.sappho.com/letters/vitas-w.html Violet Trefusis (3 September 1950), published in The Other Woman : A Life of Violet Trefusis, including previously unpublished correspondence with Vita Sackville-West (1985) edited by Philippe Jullian and John Nova Phillips, p. 235

„Days I enjoy are days when nothing happens,
When I have no engagements written on my block,
When no one comes to disturb my inward peace“

— Vita Sackville-West
Context: Days I enjoy are days when nothing happens, When I have no engagements written on my block, When no one comes to disturb my inward peace, When no one comes to take me away from myself And turn me into a patchwork, a jig-saw puzzle, A broken mirror that once gave a whole reflection, Being so contrived that it takes too long a time To get myself back to myself when they have gone. "Days I enjoy", quoted in Vita and Virginia: The Work and Friendship of V. Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf (1993) by Suzanne Raitt, p. 89

„The waking bee, still drowsy on the wing,
Will sense the opening of another year
And blunder out to seek another spring.“

— Vita Sackville-West
Context: In February, if the days be clear, The waking bee, still drowsy on the wing, Will sense the opening of another year And blunder out to seek another spring. "Bee-Master", p. 40

„All craftsmen share a knowledge. They have heldReality down fluttering to a bench.“

— Vita Sackville-West
Context: All craftsmen share a knowledge. They have held Reality down fluttering to a bench. "Summer", p. 81

„The country habit has me by the heart,
For he's bewitched for ever who has seen,
Not with his eyes but with his vision, Spring
Flow down the woods and stipple leaves with sun,
As each man knows the life that fits him best,
The shape it makes in his soul, the tune, the tone“

— Vita Sackville-West
Context: The country habit has me by the heart, For he's bewitched for ever who has seen, Not with his eyes but with his vision, Spring Flow down the woods and stipple leaves with sun, As each man knows the life that fits him best, The shape it makes in his soul, the tune, the tone, And after ranging on a tentative flight Stoops like the merlin to the constant lure. "Winter", p. 5

„I sing the cycle of my country's year“

— Vita Sackville-West
Context: I sing the cycle of my country's year, I sing the tillage, and the reaping sing, Classic monotony, that modes and wars Leave undisturbed, unbettered, for their best Was born immediate, of expediency. Winter, p. 1

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„Growth is exciting; growth is dynamic and alarming.“

— Vita Sackville-West
Context: It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? for the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop. Growth is exciting; growth is dynamic and alarming. Growth of the soul, growth of the mind; how the observation of last year seems childish, superficial; how this year — even this week — even with this new phrase — it seems to us that we have grown to a new maturity. It may be a fallacious persuasion, but at least it is stimulating, and so long as it persists, one does not stagnate. I look back as through a telescope, and see, in the little bright circle of the glass, moving flocks and ruined cities. Twelve Days (1928) p. 9; part of this appears to have also become paraphrased in the form:

„All her youth is gone, her beautiful youth outworn“

— Vita Sackville-West
Context: All her youth is gone, her beautiful youth outworn, Daughter of tarn and tor, the moors that were once her home No longer know her step on the upland tracks forlorn Where she was wont to roam. "Mariana In The North"; also in Country Life Vol. 50 (1921), p. 738

„She walks among the loveliness she made,
Between the apple-blossom and the water“

— Vita Sackville-West
Context: She walks among the loveliness she made, Between the apple-blossom and the water— She walks among the patterned pied brocade, Each flower her son, and every tree her daughter. "The Island", in Bulletin of the Garden Club of America (1929), p. 1, also in Collected Poems (1934), p. 54

„You're safe; that's gone, that wild caprice,
But tell me once before I cease,
Which does your Church esteem the kinder role,
To kill the body or destroy the soul?“

— Vita Sackville-West
Context: Darling, I thought of nothing mean; I thought of killing straight and clean. You're safe; that's gone, that wild caprice, But tell me once before I cease, Which does your Church esteem the kinder role, To kill the body or destroy the soul? "And so it ends" quoted in V. Sackville-West : A Critical Biography (1974) by Michael Stevens, p. 91

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„I came from nowhere, and shall be
Strong, steadfast, swift, eternally“

— Vita Sackville-West
Context: I came from nowhere, and shall be Strong, steadfast, swift, eternally: I am a lion, a stone, a tree, And as the Polar star in me Is fixed my constant heart on thee. Ah, may I stay forever blind With lions, tigers, leopards, and their kind. "The Greater Cats"

„Each flower her son, and every tree her daughter.“

— Vita Sackville-West
Context: She walks among the loveliness she made, Between the apple-blossom and the water— She walks among the patterned pied brocade, Each flower her son, and every tree her daughter. "The Island", in Bulletin of the Garden Club of America (1929), p. 1, also in Collected Poems (1934), p. 54

„I have some weeks in which to steel
My heart and teach myself to feel
Only a sober tenderness
Where once was passion's loveliness.“

— Vita Sackville-West
Context: And so it ends, We who were lovers may be friends. I have some weeks in which to steel My heart and teach myself to feel Only a sober tenderness Where once was passion's loveliness. "And so it ends", a poem cited as probably directed to her sister-in-law, Gwen St. Aubyn, in V. Sackville-West : A Critical Biography (1974) by Michael Stevens, p. 91

„I shared with ships good joys and fortunes wide
That might befall their beauty and their pride“

— Vita Sackville-West
Context: While many a lovely ship below sailed by On unknown errand, kempt and leisurely; And after each, oh, after each, my heart Fled forth, as, watching from the Downs apart, I shared with ships good joys and fortunes wide That might befall their beauty and their pride… "Sailing Ships", p. 162

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