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Larkin, Philip: The Importance Of Elsewhere

Portre of Larkin, Philip

The Importance Of Elsewhere (English)

Lonely in Ireland, since it was not home,
Strangeness made sense. The salt rebuff of speech,
Insisting so on difference, made me welcome:
Once that was recognised, we were in touch

Their draughty streets, end-on to hills, the faint
Archaic smell of dockland, like a stable,
The herring-hawker's cry, dwindling, went
To prove me separate, not unworkable.

Living in England has no such excuse:
These are my customs and establishments
It would be much more serious to refuse.
Here no elsewhere underwrites my existence.



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A máshol fontossága (Hungarian)

Írországban járván otthontalan,
Az idegenségnek értelme volt,
Bár nyers beszéddel támadt ellenem,
A különbségtevés is üdvözölt.

Hegyrefutó utcákban a huzat,
Ős istállóként bűzös kikötők,
S a halárus, mikor kiáltozott,
Azt mondták: nem-fölös, csak más vagyok.

Angliában ily mentség nincs. Ezek
Itt már az én létformám dolgai.
Szokásrend, mit mellőzni nem lehet.
Itt kéne létem számon tartani.



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Source of the quotationF. A.

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