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I Sit By The Window Analysis



Author: poem of Joseph Brodsky Type: poem Views: 10

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I said fate plays a game without a score,

and who needs fish if you've got caviar?

The triumph of the Gothic style would come to pass

and turn you on--no need for coke, or grass.

I sit by the window. Outside, an aspen.

When I loved, I loved deeply. It wasn't often.



I said the forest's only part of a tree.

Who needs the whole girl if you've got her knee?

Sick of the dust raised by the modern era,

the Russian eye would rest on an Estonian spire.

I sit by the window. The dishes are done.

I was happy here. But I won't be again.



I wrote: The bulb looks at the flower in fear,

and love, as an act, lacks a verb; the zer-

o Euclid thought the vanishing point became

wasn't math--it was the nothingness of Time.

I sit by the window. And while I sit

my youth comes back. Sometimes I'd smile. Or spit.



I said that the leaf may destory the bud;

what's fertile falls in fallow soil--a dud;

that on the flat field, the unshadowed plain

nature spills the seeds of trees in vain.

I sit by the window. Hands lock my knees.

My heavy shadow's my squat company.



My song was out of tune, my voice was cracked,

but at least no chorus can ever sing it back.

That talk like this reaps no reward bewilders

no one--no one's legs rest on my sholders.

I sit by the window in the dark. Like an express,

the waves behind the wavelike curtain crash.



A loyal subject of these second-rate years,

I proudly admit that my finest ideas

are second-rate, and may the future take them

as trophies of my struggle against suffocation.

I sit in the dark. And it would be hard to figure out

which is worse; the dark inside, or the darkness out.





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I hated this poem. He seems to be talking about how in life you don\'t need to achive anything to the fullest. I disagree with this. If im going to try to become a doctor im not going to go half the way and become a dentist im going to go for it all. Im going to become a surgeon.

| Posted on 2011-04-03 | by a guest


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I'd like add a little bit more insigth,though the translation is fairly direct but lacks a lot of original emotion very implied in this author.
The original piece seems almost lacking any emotions but deep reflxtion of the passed life is on the author's mind and some times his cold logic just covers deep emotion and very simple tone giving out his life weariness
In russian:
Ja vsegda govoril cto sydba- igra,
Chto zachem nam ryba kogda est' ikra,
Chto Goticheski stil pobedit kak shkola
Za sposobnost' torchat' izbezhav ykora
My other analysa of Brodski x

| Posted on 2008-11-16 | by a guest


.: :.

I'd like add a little bit more insigth,though the translation is fairly direct but lacks a lot of original emotion very implied in this author.
The original piece seems almost lacking any emotions but deep reflxtion of the passed life is on the author's mind and some times his cold logic just covers deep emotion and very simple tone giving out his life weariness

| Posted on 2008-11-16 | by a guest




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