Daily English Discussion–Thursday, 7/16/09–Amo Ergo Sum

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Hi everyone,

Today brother Hiển translated a beautiful poem by Kathleen Raine, Amo Ergo Sum–I love, therefore I exist. I love this title, and I love Descartes’ famous quote “Cogito ergo sum”–I think, therefore I exist.

What do you say about “Amo Ergo Sum”?

Have a great day!

Hoanh

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Amo Ergo Sum

Because I love
The sun pours out its rays of living gold
Pours out its gold and silver on the sea.

Because I love
The earth upon her astral spindle winds
Her ecstasy-producing dance.

Because I love
Clouds travel on the winds through wide skies,
Skies wide and beautiful, blue and deep.

Because I love
Wind blows white sails,
The wind blows over flowers, the sweet wind blows.

Because I love
The ferns grow green, and green the grass, and green
The transparent sunlit trees.

Because I love
Larks rise up from the grass
And all the leaves are full of singing birds.

Because I love
The summer air quivers with a thousand wings,
Myriads of jewelled eyes burn in the light.

Because I love
The iridescent shells upon the sand
Takes forms as fine and intricate as thought.

Because I love
There is an invisible way across the sky,
Birds travel by that way, the sun and moon
And all the stars travel that path by night.

Because I love
There is a river flowing all night long.

Because I love
All night the river flows into my sleep,
Ten thousand living things are sleeping in my arms,
And sleeping wake, and flowing are at rest.

— Kathleen Raine (1908-2003)

Một suy nghĩ 2 thoughts on “Daily English Discussion–Thursday, 7/16/09–Amo Ergo Sum”

  1. Hi Brother Hoanh, Hien

    ” Amo Ergo Sum–I love, therefore I exist. I love this title, and I love Descartes’ famous quote “Cogito ergo sum”–I think, therefore I exist.”

    When I was young, I lived in the ring of ” Amo Ergo Sum” of my parents. When I was in the twenties, I lived with Amo Ergo Sum; in my thirties and forties I tended to live with ” Cogito Ergo Sum” . And now I am living with Amo Ergo Sum. And what next? I do not know. Haha! It is exactly the same as what our talented artist Trinh Cong Son sings:
    Đường chạy vòng quanh một vòng tiều tụy
    Một bờ cỏ non, một bờ mộng mị ngày xưa…

    Thank Hien for sharing a nice poem and Brother Hoanh for your interesting suggestions….

    van

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