To the Silenced: An die Verstummten (ARC Publications Translation series)

By Georg Trakl

Even if the Austrian poet Georg Trakl used to be born over a century in the past, the mesmerising imagery and haunting visions of his hugely delicate and morbidly intro-spective poems are as robust this present day as they have been whilst he wrote them. A resource of concept for artists, musicians and writers during the Expressionist interval and past, Trakl's poetry - bleak, but revealing tenderness and wish, nightmarish but eerily attractive - will be savoured to the whole in Will Stone's new translation of a consultant number of Trakl's most interesting paintings (complete with introductory essays and commentary), a quantity which gives you to re-light curiosity within the paintings of this seminal poet.

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HELIAN (HELIAN) I (I) within the solitary hours of the spirit appealing it really is to stroll within the solar, by way of the yellow partitions of summer time. Quietly our footsteps ring within the grass; yet regularly The son of Pan sleeps within the gray marble. Evenings at the terrace we have been under the influence of alcohol on brown wine. Reddish glows the peach within the leaves; gentle sonata, pleased laughter. attractive is the stillness of evening. at the darkish undeniable We meet with shepherds and white stars. whilst Autumn comes A sober readability enters the grove. Soothed, we wander beside crimson partitions And around eyes stick with the flight of birds. At night white water sinks down within the funeral urns. In naked branches heaven rejoices. In natural fingers the countryman incorporates bread and wine And peacefully ripens the fruit within the sunny pantry. O how earnest is the countenance of the precious deceased. but the soul delights in righteous contemplation. II (II) enormous is the silence of the ruined backyard whilst the younger beginner wreathes his forehead with brown leaves, His breath beverages icy gold. palms stir the age of bluish waters Or in chilly evening the white cheeks of the sisters. tender and harmonious is a stroll earlier pleasant rooms, the place solitude is and the rustle of the maple, the place might be the thrush nonetheless sings. appealing is guy and rising in darkness, whilst marvelling he strikes his limbs, And silently his eyes roll in pink hollows. At vespers the stranger is misplaced in black November destruction, underneath rotting boughs, by way of partitions jam-packed with leprosy, the place the holy brother past walked, misplaced within the gentle string play of his insanity. O how lonely dies the night wind. Failing, the top bows down within the olive tree darkness. III (III) Shattering is the downfall of this race, At this hour the eyes of the watcher Fill with the gold of his stars. At night the demise bell, that chimes not more, The decay of black partitions at the sq., The lifeless soldier known as to prayer. A faded angel The son steps into the empty condominium of his Fathers. The sisters have long gone far-off to white outdated males, At evening the sleeper stumbled on them underneath the pillars within the hallway, lower back from their mournful pilgrimages. O how their hair stiffens with dirt and worms, As with silver toes he stands there, And deceased, they step from naked rooms. O you psalms in fiery middle of the night rains, whilst with nettles the servants scourged the mild eyes, The childlike culmination of the elder Incline astonished over an empty grave. Softly rolls the yellowed moon Above the younger man’s fever sheets, prior to the silence of iciness comes. IV (IV) An exalted future is meditated down earlier Kidron, the place the cedar, a gradual creature, Unfolds underneath the blue forehead of the daddy, A shepherd leads his flock over the meadow at evening. Or there are cries in sleep while within the grove a brazen angel confronts guy The flesh of the saint melts at the gleaming grill. around huts of clay the pink vines entwine, Sheaves of yellowed corn resounding, The hum of bees, the flight of cranes. At night on rocky paths the resurrected meet.

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