agosto 30, 2007

Gatti e Poeti


Questo post vuole solo essere un mio piccolo omaggio ad un grandissimo poeta americano che mi ha sempre dato emozioni profonde. Sto parlando di T.S. Eliot, Premio Nobel per la letteratura nel 1948 (quando ancora il Premio Nobel aveva una sua dignità e non era un'espressione politica come ora... sic!).
I veri grandi artisti dimostrano la loro grandezza anche quando si esprimono con opere minori, con divertissement. "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" è certamente uno di questi, anche se poi da questa operetta è stato tratto il musical Cats visto da milioni di spettatori nei teatri di mezzo mondo.

La prima poesiola dell'opera è:

The Naming of Cats

The naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there’s the name that family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonso or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey-
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter-
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that’s particular,
A name that’s peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep his tail perpendicular?
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of such kind,
I can give you a quorum, Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
Names that never belong to more that one cat.
But above and beyond there’s still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover-
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, AND WILL NEVER CONFESS.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable
effable
Effanineffable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name
p.s.: se per caso non si fosse capito, ebbene si, lo ammetto, sono un gattofilo ;-)

4 commenti:

SimplyAlexa ha detto...

So well said. I completely agree with this and naming my cats was HUGE, days almost weeks to get just the right name to fit the personality.

So, what are the names of your cats, pray tell?

xx

Nice&Nasty ha detto...

I name my cats in so many ways... It's depends on my mood! ;-)

SimplyAlexa ha detto...

That is very, very cool!

Bouche ha detto...

Ops ... Ho sbagliato post N&N ... Leggi sopra.
Kisses.
Bouche


E questa ora te la infilo dritta eh ... (ma siamo pazzi???)

ygdgitop (bastardo!)