Domingo, 10 de Dezembro de 2006

Whitman, presença recorrente

« Walt said that the dead turned into grass, but there was no grass where they'd buried Simon. »

[...]

« Neither Walt nor St. Brigid saw him. Walt would find him in time, though. He had found him on Broadway at his moment of need; he would surely find him again. Lucas and Catherine would go into the book, for the book was never finished. Lucas would recite it to Walt and everyone. He would recite what Walt had not yet written, for his life and the book were one thing, and everything he did or said was part of the book. »

[ part I ]

 

« Cat said, "I think you're unhappy. Is somebody making you do something you don't want to do?"

"You'd do the same thing. Wouldn't you?"

"What is it you think you and I would do?"

"We're all the same person. We all want the same things."

"Can you let me come meet you? Don't you think we should talk in person?"

"Nobody really dies. We go on in the grass. We go on in the trees."

He was spinning out. Cat kept her voice calm.

"Why do you think that?"

"Every atom of mine belongs to you, too."

Click. »

[...]

« Cat said, "But might someone, reading him today, interpret him as patriotic? Could Leaves of Grass be read as some sort of extended national anthem?"

"Well, you wouldn't believe some of the interpretations I've heard. But really, Whitman was an ecstatic. He was a dervish of sorts. Patriotism, don't you think, implies a certain fixed notion of right versus wrong. Whitman simply loved what was."

"Indiscriminately."

"Yes and no. He believed in destiny. He imagined that the redwood tree was glad for the ax because it was the tree's destiny to be cut down."

"So he had no particular sense of good and evil."

"He understood life to be transitory. He was not particularly concerned about mortality." »

[ part II ]

 

« "All right. In the third protocol, I gave you poetry."

"Why?"

"To regulate you. To eliminate de extremes. I could put a cap on your agressive capabilities, I could program you to be helpful and kind, but I wanted to give you some moral sense as well. To help you cope with events I couldn't foresee. I thought that if you were programmed with the work of great poets, you'd be better able to appreciate the consequences of your actions."

"You programmed each of us with a particular poet." »

[ part III ]


publicado por xary às 18:41
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De eli a 10 de Dezembro de 2006 às 19:37
só tenho uma coisa a dizer: no verao quero esse livro para eu ler. estou mto curiosa e um pouco atrofiada lol por isso é melhor ler para esclarecer tudo ;o)
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De maryjo a 12 de Dezembro de 2006 às 00:18
"Nobody really dies. We go on in the grass. We go on in the trees."

"Every atom of mine belongs to you, too."

Epah... estou a adorar!Quero mais!! E tou na fila depois da eli para me emprestares o livro!!!
lol
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