Robert Graves, What Is Love? (Ρόμπερτ Γκρέιβς: Τι είναι ο έρωτας;, μετάφραση: Σπύρος Δόικας)

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Robert Graves, What Is Love? (Ρόμπερτ Γκρέιβς: Τι είναι ο έρωτας;, μετάφραση: Σπύρος Δόικας)

What Is Love?
Robert Graves

But what Is Love? Tell me, dear heart, I beg you.
Is it a reattainment of our centre,
A core of trustful innocence come home to?

Is it, perhaps, a first wild bout of being,
The taking of our own extreme measure
And for a few hours knowing everything?

Or what is Love? Is it primeval vision
That stars our course with oracles of danger
And looks to death for timely intervention?

Τι είναι ο έρωτας;
Ρόμπερτ Γκρέιβς (μετάφραση: Σπύρος Δόικας)

Μα τι είναι ο έρωτας; Σε εκλιπαρώ, καρδιά μου, απάντησέ μου.
Είναι μια επαναφορά στο κέντρο μας,
στην κατάσταση της γεμάτης εμπιστοσύνης αθωότητας;

Ή ένα πρωταρχικό άγριο ξέσπασμα της ύπαρξής μας
μια απόπειρα να φτάσουμε στα άκρα
και για λίγες ώρες να είμαστε παντογνώστες;

Ή τι είναι ο έρωτας; Είναι το προαιώνιο όραμα
που διαστίζει την πορεία μας με χρησμούς δυσοίωνους
προσβλέποντας στου θανάτου την έγκαιρη παρέμβαση;


With Graves, love, like an army day, begins with reveille and ends with taps. Only wisdom and patience relieve the passion and the pain. Yet, this poet would insist, love is the disease most worth having, for its opposite is the doleful serenity of death-in-life.
Pondering the mystery of love, Graves never fears to ask an outright question. One poem is called "What Is Love?":
Is it a reattainment of our centre, A core of trustful innocence come home to? . . .Is it primeval vision That stars our course with oracles of danger And looks to death for timely intervention?
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,910190,00.html


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Robert Graves biography, works and poetry index

Robert Ranke Graves (24 July 1895 – 7 December 1985) was an English poet, translator and novelist. During his long life, he produced more than 140 works. He was the son of the Anglo-Irish writer Alfred Perceval Graves and Amalie von Ranke, a niece of historian Leopold von Ranke. He was the brother of the author Charles Patrick Graves and half-brother of Philip Graves.

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