Apr. 11th, 2017

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Italy, Umberto Saba, The Broken Pane’

Tutto si muove contro te. In maltempo,
le luci che si spengono, la vecchia
casa scossa a una raffica e a te cara
per il male sofferto, le speranze
deluse, qualche bene in lei goduto.
Ti pare il sopravvivere un rifiuto
d’obbedienza alle cose.
E nello schianto
del vetro alla finestra è la condanna.

It all conspires against you. Nasty weather,
lights that keep going out, and the old house
jolted by every gust. It’s dear to you
for what you suffered in it, for the hopes
dashed there, and for a few good times as well.
Survival seems to you a refusal to obey
the way of things.
And in the shattering
of a window pane, you hear a judgment passed.

More information: https://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/Six-poems-by-Umberto-Saba-3108
https://newrepublic.com/article/62908/life-poem

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