Միքելանջելո

That title says ‘Michelangelo’ in Armenian. Ain’t the internet a wonderful place? I don’t recall the blog having any Armenian visitors before. Today we had two.

I don’t whether Michelangelo is big in Armenia, but why not. After all, he wasn’t just a painter and sculptor either. He used to doodle and scribble words and lists on his drawings: mundane notes like shopping lists and bills and profundities such as “Desire engenders desire and then leaves pain”.

Here’s a poem by him, translated by John Addington Symonds.

Celestial Love by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)

O mortal thing enthralled these longing eyes
When perfect peace in thy fair face I found;
But far within, where all is holy ground,
My soul felt Love, her comrade of the skies:
For she was born with God in Paradise;
Nor all the shows of beauty shed around
This fair false world her wings to earth have bound:
Unto the Love of Loves aloft she flies.
Nay, things that suffer death, quench not the fire
Of deathless spirits; nor eternity
Serves sordid Time, that withers all things rare.
Not love but lawless impulse is desire:
That slays the soul; our love makes still more fair
Our friends on earth, fairer in death on high.

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Posted on September 25, 2012, in Art, Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I just got an email from a uni student (post grad) who had found my blog – written 2 years ago – about the Black American unit posted to Moretonhampstead in WWII and Dr Samuel Wesley Byuarm in particular. It had helped him with his dissertation on black military personnel in Devon during the war! Power of t’internet indeed.

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