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« Dear words shall cheer and be as goads
To urge to heights before unguessed”

(Des mots aimés encourageront la chair et seront comme des aiguillons
Qui pressent l’esprit vers des  hauteurs incompris auparavant)

 John Masefield

La haute philosophie ne peut que commenter,
Dans un délire de mots, la transparence du monde :
Les choses réelles, mon Prince, c’est là la source profonde,
La vérité où l’homme se mire et se connaît.

        Athanase Vantchev de Thracy

Glose :

John Masefield (1878-1967) : dramaturge, poète et romancier britannique. Après une jeunesse errante où il fut mousse sur un voilier, époque qu’il évoqua dans Odtaa  (1926), il collabora au Spectator et au Manchester Guardian, publiant Les Ballades de la mer (1902), puis Les Ballades et Poèmes (1910) d’un grand lyrisme. La critique fut déconcertée par le réalisme cru de ses autres poèmes : La Miséricorde éternelle (1911), La Veuve de Bye Street  (1912), Dauber (1913). Son récit en vers sur la chasse, Goupil le Renard (1919), est rempli de réminiscences chaucériennes. La Tragédie de Nan (1909), marquée par le goût de l’horrible, valut à Masefield sa réputation de dramaturge. Il rédigea aussi des récits de guerre, L’Ancienne Première Ligne (1917) et La bataille de la Somme (1917), et une autobiographie, Une très longue expérience (1952). Il fut nommé poète lauréat en 1930.

 

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'Dear words shall cheer and be as goads
To urge to heights before unguessed.'


      John Masefield


Philosophers are bystanders, aloof and addicted to words,
who can only make passing comment on the world's transparency:
real things, my Prince, are the wellspring, the places where we
glimpse our true reflections and come to know ourselves.


translated from the French of Athanase Vantchev de Thracy by Norton Hodges
15.10.05.

Notes:

John Masefield (1878–1967):  English poet. He went to sea as a youth and later spent several years in the United States. In 1897 he returned to England and was on the staff of the Manchester Guardian. His first volumes of poetry, Salt-Water Ballads (1902), containing “Sea Fever” and “Cargoes,” and Ballads (1903), earned him the title “Poet of the Sea.” It was, however, for his realistic, long narrative poems, The Everlasting Mercy (1911), The Widow in the Bye Street (1912), Dauber (1913), and Reynard the Fox (1919), that he won his greatest fame. He was also a playwright and novelist of some note. His plays, written in both verse and prose, include The Tragedy of Nan (1909), The Tragedy of Pompey the Great (1910), and The Coming of Christ (1928). Among his novels are Multitude and Solitude (1909), Sard Harker (1924), and The Bird of Dawning (1933). Masefield is the author of several literary studies, of which his William Shakespeare (1911) is the most notable. Other works include adventure stories for boys and two war sketches, Gallipoli (1916) and The Nine Days Wonder (1941), and the posthumous volume of poetry In Glad Thanksgiving (1968). He was poet laureate from 1930 until his death and was awarded the Order of Merit in 1935.

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