Two Poems--Golden Lines and Intimate Associations

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Golden Lines “Astonishing! Everything is intelligent!”—Pythagoras Free thinker! Do you think you are the only thinker On this earth in which life blazes inside all things? Your liberty does what it wishes with the powers it controls, But when you gather to plan, the universe is not there. Look carefully in an animal at a spirit alive; Every flower is a soul opening out into nature; A mystery touching love is asleep inside metal; “Everything is intelligent!” And everything moves you. In that blind wall, look out for the eyes that pierce you; The substance of creation cannot be separated from a word… Do not force it to labor in some low phrase! Often a Holy Thing is living hidden in a dark creature; And like an eye which is born covered by its lids A pure spirit is growing strong under the bark of stones!—Gerard de Nerval (1808-1855)
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Unformatted text preview: Intimate Associations Nature is a holy place, where the living pillars Let slip at times some strangely garbled words; Man walks there through forests of physical things that are also spiritual things, They watch him with affectionate looks. As the echoes of great bells coming from far away Become entangled in a deep and profound association, A merging as huge as night, or as huge as clear light, Odor and colors and sounds all mean—each other. Perfumes exist that are as cool as the flesh of infants, Fragile as oboes, green as open fields, And others exist also, corrupt, dense, and triumphant, Having the associations of infinite things, Such as musk and amber, myrrh and incense, That describe the voyages of the body and soul.—Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)...
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