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Masters, Edgar Lee: Spoon River Anthology - Griffy the Cooper

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Spoon River Anthology - Griffy the Cooper (English)

The cooper should know about tubs.

But I learned about life as well,

And you who loiter around these graves

Think you know life.

You think your eye sweeps about a wide horizon, perhaps,

In truth you are only looking around the interior of your tub.

You cannot lift yourself to its rim

And see the outer world of things,

And at the same time see yourself.

You are submerged in the tub of yourself -

Taboos and rules and appearances,

Are the staves of your tub.

Break them and dispel the witchcraft

Of thinking your tub is life

And that you know life.

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Griffy il bottaio (Italian)

Il bottaio deve intendersi di tinozze.

Ma io conoscevo anche la vita,

e voi che vi aggirate fra queste tombe

credete di conoscere la vita.

Credete che i vostri occhi spazino su un largo orizzonte, forse,

in realtà state solo guardando le pareti della tinozza.

Non potete sollevarvi ai suoi orli

E vedere il mondo esterno delle cose,

e così vedere voi stessi.

Siete sommersi nella vostra tinozza -

Tabù e regole e apparenze,

sono le droghe della vostra tinozza.

Spazzatele e rompete l'incantesimo

Di credere che la vostra tinozza è la vita,

e che voi conoscete la vita!

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