Posts Tagged ‘Roman elegies’

Goethe Month: Roman Holiday edition

July 14, 2010


Outtake of Audrey on a Vespa for Roman Holiday (William Wyler, 1953).

Though you’re a whole world, Rome, still,
without Love,
The world isn’t the world,
and Rome can’t be Rome.

(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Roman Elegies, 1789.)

Goethe Month: Strong-feathered with freshly sharpened points

July 10, 2010


The arrows of Love are various: some scratch us,
And our hearts suffer for years from their slow poison.
But others, strong-feathered with freshly sharpened points,
Pierce to the marrow, and quickly inflame the blood.

(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Roman Elegies.)