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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Tercet woods



"Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita
mi ritrovai per una selva oscura
ché la via diritta era smarrita. ..."


-- Dante, Inferno


*****


Playing with a camera, I find something lost (and something gained) in translating the world into an image, analogous to these translators' journeys into Dante.

"When I had journeyed half of our life's way,
I found myself within a shadowed forest,
for I had lost the path that does not stray. ..."


-- Mandelbaum's translation


"Midway in our life's journey, I went astray
from the straight road and woke to find myself
alone in a dark wood. ..."


-- Ciardi's translation

4 comments:

joumana said...

hey lori!
i have been checking in... and ur beautiful pics are just... beautiful... i agree with u that nature is a place to just be... and in being u become alive! thanks for ur kind words... and images...

marlyat2 said...

"I had lost the path that does not stray"

Less clear, more enigmatic--sticks more in the mind.

What about Longfellow?

Midway upon the journey of our life

I found myself within a forest dark,

For the straightforward pathway had been lost.


Or Pinsky!

annie said...

fascinating thoughts to start a day with. :)

jarvenpa said...

yes, I like Mandelbaum best...and your photo.