Wednesday, October 15, 2008

In Case You Are Suffering, Nobody Cares.



About suffering they were never wrong,
The Old Masters: how well they understood
Its human position; how it takes place
While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;
How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting
For the miraculous birth, there always must be
Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating
On a pond at the edge of the wood:They never forgot
That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course
Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot
Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer's horse
Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.
In Breughel's Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away
Quite leisurely from the disaster; the plowman may
Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,
But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone
As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green
Water; and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen
Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,
Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.
Musée des Beaux Arts
by W. H. Auden

8 Comments:

At 16 October 2008 at 21:14 , Blogger Philonous said...

Apparently I'm going to have to start reading more Auden.

 
At 20 October 2008 at 23:27 , Blogger Marina said...

And me.

Do you mind if I ask where you are studying now?

 
At 22 October 2008 at 11:03 , Blogger IPCHUK said...

Of course not. I am studying English at Exeter University (Cornwall campus) - quite far from London which is a good and a bad thing in a way. So far so good, really. How about you?

 
At 22 October 2008 at 18:12 , Blogger Marina said...

Lucky you! I wish I was studying by the sea, hope it's going well! I have a few friends who've just started there and some who are in second year- they seem to love it...I'm at Central Saint Martins in London doing theatre...very hectic.

 
At 22 October 2008 at 18:12 , Blogger Marina said...

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