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William Butler Yeats – The Old Men Admiring Themselves in the Water

Rembrandt van Rijn, Diana Bathing with her Nymphs with Actaeon and Callisto, 1634 I heard the old, old men say,“Everything alters,and one by one we drop away.”They had hands like claws, and their kneeswere twisted like the old thorn treesby the waters.I heard the old, old men say,“All that’s beautiful drifts awaylike the waters.” Ho …

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Emily Dickinson – L’Ape non è impaurita da me / The Bee is not afraid of me

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Girl with flowers, 1888 The Bee is not afraid of me. I know the Butterfly – The pretty people in the Woods Receive me cordially – The Brooks laugh louder When I come – The Breezes madder play; Wherefore mine eye thy silver mists, Wherefore, Oh Summer’s Day? L’Ape non è impaurita da …

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Walt Whitman – Sussurri di morte celeste / Whispers of Heavenly Death

Jacob Van Ruisdael, Waterfall by a church, 1667 Whispers of heavenly death murmur’d I hear,labial gossip of night, sibilant chorals,footsteps gently ascending, mystical breezes wafted soft and low,ripples of unseen rivers, tides of a current flowing, forever flowing,(or is it the plashing of tears? the measureless waters of human tears?)I see, just see skyward, great cloud-masses,mournfully …

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