Wystan Hugh Auden – “Orpheus”

Wystan Hugh Auden, Un altro tempo, La grande poesia Corriere della Sera, Milano, 2004, page 68


What does the song hope for? And the moved hands

A little way from the birds, the shy, the delightful?

                         To be bewildered and happy,

                         Or most of all the knowledge of life?


But the beautiful are content with the sharp notes of the air;


The warmth is enough. O if winter really

                        Oppose, if the weak snowflake,

                        What will the wish, what will the dance do?


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