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Kasia, Happiness and Bolesław Leśmian

My friend Kasia has sent me one of her favourite poems. She says she likes the poem very much because its content is true: it deals with happiness, romanticism and nostalgia. She also believes that sometimes, when she feels happy or happiness "visits" her, very often she does not know how to enjoy this moment and she simply lets it go. Well, I guess it happens to all of us as well ! The poem was written by the Polish poet Bolesław Leśmian, member of the Polish Academy of Literature and one of the most important Polish poets of the 20th century. As Kasia has sent me the poem in Polish, its original version, I have encountered quite a few problems to grasp the real meaning the author wanted to trasmit in the Polish version. However, I have found quite a few English translations of the poem that have helped me understand the poem a bit more and that also may shed some light on Kasia´s idea of happiness as a "guest" who visits us every now and then and whose goal is to m…

Lorca and my friend Maciej

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This is not the first post I write about Lorca and I guess it won´t be the last either. There is always a good reason to write a few lines about one of the most important Spanish poets ever. Even though he died very young, his poetry has reached people´s hearts all over the world.
My friend Maciej has told me that his favourite poem written by Lorca is “ Farewell”. To be honest, I was a bit at a loss when he mentioned the title of the poem because I did not know which poem he was talking about. However, when I had a look at it, I noticed that he was refering to “El Balcón” (“The Balcony”).
I supposse this is the type of poem that invites translation students to analyze the reasons why the title of Lorca´s poem has been translated like that. Well, among Lorca´s favourite topics are love, time, death, frustration and lansdcape. Certainly, whether we call it “Farewell” or “El Balcón” (“The Balcony”), the content refers to topics that he analyzes very much in detail in most of his poems, w…

Spain 1 Holland 0 - A match to remember -

Two years ago, it was the European Football Championship. Today...the World Cup. Yes, the Spanish football team has managed to beat Holland 1-0. What a superb match ! Both teams had quite a few opportunities to score but only Iniesta, "the little Quixote", touched by the spirit of the Muses, has kicked the ball the right way and has taken the Spanish team to the Olimpus, with the gods.

After those 120 minutes, people around me were clapping and shouting "Hiszpania!!!!!!". The guy next to me was kissing my cheek like crazy and hugging me strongly (who was tha guy ? I do not know, but who cares ? He was as happy as I was). Casillas, the goalkeeper, was crying like a child. So many feelings and thoughts were crossing my mind and my heart in the first seconds after the end of the match that a couple of teardrops ran down my face. What a feeling ! When did I cry of happiness last time? I must have been very very young because I do not remember.

What a beautiful feel…

Spain 1- Germany 0

Yesterday I went to a nearby restaurant to watch the football match between Germany and Spain. A friend had told me that the owner had installed one of those huge screens that make you see the match as if you were in the stadium. From the very beginning I noticed that everybody was supporting Spain. What a match! Everybody around me was clapping and singing each time Spain had the ball, which was most of the time. That was really touchy ! Those 90 minutes were like a beautiful fiesta for Spain. The Spanish team played so well yesterday against Germany that I could not be happier. Honestly, the German team did not play to the best of their abilities and that was an element that we managed to use for our own benefit. The Spanish team, playing in "perpetual harmony and dance" (5) made "a mighty multitude vibrate" (4) and we simply took "possession of the sky" (2). La Furia de la Roja in action. "Magnificent" (6)
The Recluse, l. 198 (1805)
by William W…