2017年5月29日 星期一

The Curse of Minerva *

Parthenon by Costa-Gavras

The Curse of Minerva *
(composed: 17 March 1811, Athens)


  1.   “Mortal!”—’twas thus she spake—“that blush of shame
  2.   Proclaims thee Briton, once a noble name;
  3.      First of the mighty, foremost of the free,
  4.      Now honour’d less by all, and least by me;
  5.   Chief of thy foes shall Pallas still be found.
  6.   Seek’st thou the cause of loathing?—look around.
  7.      Lo! here, despite of war and wasting fire,
  8.      I saw successive tyrannies expire.
  9.   ’Scaped from the ravage of the Turk and Goth,
  10.   Thy country sends a spoiler worse than both.
  11.      Survey this vacant, violated fane;
  12.      Recount the relics torn that yet remain:
  13.   These Cecrops placed, this Pericles adorn’d,
  14.   That Adrian rear’d when drooping Science mourn’d.
  15.      What more I owe let gratitude attest—
  16.      Know, Alaric and Elgin did the rest.
  17.   That all may learn from whence the plunderer came,
  18.   The insulted wall sustains his hated name:
  19.   For Elgin’s fame thus grateful Pallas pleads,
  20.   Below, his name—above, behold his deeds!
  21.      Be ever hailed with equal honour here
  22.      The Gothic monarch and the Pictish peer:
  23.   arms gave the first his right, the last had none,
  24.   But basely stole what less barbarians won.
  25.      So when the lion quits his fell repast,
  26.      Next prowls the wolf, the filthy jackal last;
  27.   Flesh, limbs, and blood the former make their own,
  28.   The last poor brute securely gnaws the bone.
  29.      Yet still the gods are just, and crimes are cross’d:
  30.      See here what Elgin won, and what he lost!
  31.   Another name with his pollutes my shrine:
  32.   Behold where Dian’s beams disdain to shine!
  33.      Some retribution still might Pallas claim,
  34.      When Venus half avenged Minerva’s shame.”
  35.   She ceased awhile, and thus I dared reply,
  36.   To soothe the vengeance kindling in her eye:
  37.      “Daughter of Jove! in Britain’s injured name,
  38.      A true-born Briton may the deed disclaim.
  39.   Frown not on England; England owns him not:
  40.   Athena, no! thy plunderer was a Scot.
  41.      Ask’st thou the difference? From fair Phyles’ towers
  42.      Survey Bœotia;—Caledonia’s ours.
  43.   And well I know within that bastard land
  44.   Hath Wisdom’s goddess never held command;
  45.      A barren soil, where Nature’s germs, confined
  46.      To stern sterility, can stint the mind;
  47.   Whose thistle well betrays the niggard earth,
  48.   Emblem of all to whom the land gives birth;
  49.      Each genial influence nurtured to resist;
  50.      A land of meanness, sophistry, and mist.
  51.   Each breeze from foggy mount and marshy plain
  52.   Dilutes with drivel every drizzly brain,
  53.      Till, burst at length, each wat’ry head o’er-flows,
  54.      Foul as their soil, and frigid as their snows.
  55.   Then thousand schemes of petulance and pride
  56.   Despatch her scheming children far and wide:
  57.      Some east, some west, some everywhere but north,
  58.      In quest of lawless gain, they issue forth.
  59.   And thus—accursed be the day and year!
  60.      Yet Caledonia claims some native worth,
  61.      As dull Bœotia gave a Pindar birth;
  62.   So may her few, the letter’d and the brave,
  63.   Bound to no clime, and victors of the grave,
  64.      Shake off the sordid dust of such a land,
  65.      And shine like children of a happier strand;
  66.   As once, of yore, in some obnoxious place,
  67.   Ten names (if found) had saved a wretched race.”

2017年5月16日 星期二

"Annabel Lee"

Edgar Allan Poe's poem "Annabel Lee" (1849) gave Vladimir Nabokov the working title of "Kingdom by the Sea" for the story that eventually became LOLITA.
Poe's final stanza:
"For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee: -
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling - my darling - my life and my bride,
In her sepulcher there by the sea -
In her tomb by the sounding sea."

Edgar Allan Poe died in Baltimore, Maryland, on this day in 1849 (aged 40).
"Annabel Lee"
It was many and many a year ago, 
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.
I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love—
I and my Annabel Lee—
With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven
Coveted her and me.
And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.
The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
Went envying her and me—
Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.
But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we—
Of many far wiser than we—
And neither the angels in Heaven above
Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,
In her sepulchre there by the sea—
In her tomb by the sounding sea.
A compact selection of Poe’s greatest stories and poems, chosen by the National Endowment for the Arts for their Big Read program. This selection of eleven stories and seven poems contains such famously chilling masterpieces of the storyteller’s art as “The Tell-tale Heart,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and such unforgettable poems as “The Raven,” “The Bells,” and “Annabel Lee.” Poe is widely credited with pioneering the detective story, represented here by “The Purloined Letter,” “The Mystery of Marie Roget,” and “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” Also included is his essay “The Philosophy of Composition,” in which he lays out his theory of how good writers write, describing how he constructed “The Raven” as an example.

2017年5月11日 星期四

The Bloomsbury Group: A Collection of Memoirs, Commentary, and Criticism.A Bloomsbury Group Reader

2006 年,江蘇教育出版社企劃出版【布魯姆斯伯里文化圈】4本 (缺地3本)


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昆汀·貝爾(Quentin Bell, 1910—1996),英國著名的藝術批評家、雕刻家、畫家、作家,蘇塞克斯大學歷史與藝術理論教授;布魯姆斯伯里文化圈主要成員克萊夫·貝爾和瓦奈薩·貝爾的兒子、弗吉尼·伍爾夫的外甥。其著作有《弗吉尼亞?伍爾夫傳》、《回憶布魯姆斯伯里》等。季進,文學博士,現任教於蘇州大學文學院。著有《錢鍾書與現代西學》、《李歐梵季進對話錄》等,譯有《中國文學律條與蘇聯影響,1956—1960》(福克馬著)等,主編有“西方現代批評經典譯叢”、“海外中國現代文學研究譯叢”。
作者: [美]貝爾
譯者: 季進
出版年: 2006年7月
頁數: 169
定價: 17.00元


歲月與海浪 布魯姆斯伯里文化圈人物群像

作者 / 羅森鮑姆

出版社 / 江苏教育出版社

出版日期 / 2006/07/01

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SP羅森鮑姆(SP Rosenbaum),加拿大多倫多大學英國文學教授,加拿大皇家學會成員,文學史家,為研究布魯姆斯伯里文化圈的專家,發表的相關著作有《維多利亞時代的布魯姆斯伯里》、《愛德華時代的布魯姆斯伯里》、《布魯姆斯伯里面面觀》等。


作者:   [加蓬]羅森鮑姆
出版年: 2006
頁數: 251
定價: 19.80元
叢書:  布魯姆斯伯里文化圈人物群像

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A Bloomsbury Group Reader
S. P. Rosenbaum (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-19059-2
444 pages
September 1993, Wiley-Blackwell


Because whenever they wrote the members of Bloomsbury tried to write well, there is an abundant variety of illuminating and delightful reading to be found in the short prose works of the Group's novelists, biographers, critics, and even political economists. In A Bloomsbury Group Reader Professor Rosenbaum offers a representative selection of such writings by Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, Lytton Strachey, Roger Fry, Desmond MacCarthy, Clive Bell, Leonard Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, and Vanessa Bell. His focus in this selection is not upon the lives of the Group but upon what finally must justify our interest in them: their work, in this instance, as writers.

Table of Contents

Part I: Forewords:.
Virginia Woolf: The Common Reader.
Lytton Strachey: Preface to Eminent Victorians.
Roger Fry: Introduction to A Sampler of Castille.
E. M. Forster: Introduction to Collected Short Stories.
Part II: Stories:.
E. M. Forster: The Point of It.
Leonard Woolf: Pearls and Swine.
Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway in Bond Street.
Part III: Biographies:.
E. M. Forster: The Emperor Babur.
Lytton Strachey: Madame de Sevigne's Cousin.
Desmond MacCarthy: Disraeli.
Virginia Woolf: Julia Margaret Cameron.
Leonard Woolf: Herbert Spencer.
John Maynard Keynes: Mr. Lloyd George.
Part IV: Essays:.
Lytton Strachey: A Victorian Critic.
Desmond MacCarthy: The Post- Impressionists.
Roger Fry: Art and Socialism.
Clive Bell: The Artistic Problem.
Leonard Woolf: Fear and Politics.
John Maynard Keynes: Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren.
Virginia Woolf: Memories of a Working Women's Guild.
E. M. Forster: What I Believe.
Part V: Talks:.
Lytton Strachey: Art and Indecency.
Virginia Woolf: Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown.
Roger Fry: Impressionism.
J. M. Keynes: On Reading Books.
E. M. Forster: English Prose between 1918 and 1939.
Part VI: Reviews: .
Clive Bell: Ibsen.
Lytton Strachey: Mr Hardy's New Poems.
Desmond McCarthy: The New St. Bernard.
Leonard Woolf: Freud's Psychopathology of Everyday Life.
E. M. Forser: The Complete Poems of C. P. Cavafy.
Virginia Woolf: Ernest Hemingway.
Part VII: Travel Writings:Desmond MacCarthy: Two Historic Houses.
E. M. Forster: Cnidus.
Leonard Woolf: Politics in Spain.
Virginia Woolf: Street Haunting.
Part VIII: Autobiographies:.
Vanessa Bell: Notes on Virginia's Childhood.
Lytton Strachey: Lancaster Gate.
Leonard Woolf: Coming to London.
Virginia Woolf: Old Bloomsbury.
Desmond MacCarthy: To Desmond MacCarthy aet. 22.
E. M. Forster: Three Countries, Clive Bell: Paris in the 'Twenties'.
Part IV: Letters:.
Roger Fry.
Lytton Strachey.
John Maynard Keynes.
Virginia Woolf.
Leonard Woolf.
E. M. Forster.
Part X: Diaries: .
Virginia Woolf: Diary.
Desmond MacCarthy: A Critic's Day-book.
Lytton Strachey: A Fortnight in France.
E. M. Forster: Indian Journal.
Commonplace Book.
Part XI: Afterwords:.
Roger Fry: Retrospect.
John Maynard Keynes: Concluding Notes on the General Theory.
E. M. Forster: A View without a Room.
Virginia Woolf: The Love of Reading.

Author Information

S. P. Rosenbaum (-2012) is the author of Victorian Bloomsbury and Edwardian Bloomsbury - the early literary history of the Bloomsbury Group. He is the editor of The Bloomsbury Group: A Collection of Memoirs, Commentary, and Criticism and Virginia Woolf's Women and Fiction: The Manuscript Versions of A Room of One's Own (Blackwell, 1991).