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Pound, Ezra: Gnomic Verses

Portre of Pound, Ezra

Gnomic Verses (English)

When the roast smoked in the oven, belching out blackness,

I was bewildered and knew not what to do,

But when I was plunged in the contemplation

Of Li Po’s beautiful verses,

This thought came upon me,


When the roast smokes, pour water upon it.

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Versos Gnómicos (Spanish)

Cuando el asado humeaba en el horno escupiendo negrura,

me sentí desconcertado y no supe qué hacer,

pero cuando estaba sumergido en la contemplación

de los bellos versos de Li Po,

este pensamiento vino sobre mí:


cuando el asado humea, échale agua.

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