Ben Okri and the Real Poet

Written by Nurel Javissyarqi
Translated by Agus B. Harianto

“Poet contrasted with the world, because he could not accept anything appeared as it is” (Ben Okri).

The poet comes from craze anxiety over the burden of his environment; sphere where he found great problems, in front of him statement of life is incompetent, colors are chaos. However, when he is seeing the blue sky, his breathing space is found in relief, the clouds is flying as such a form of social movements, stacks of civilization. And, when the wind is coming, he found the past ages giving news, and then decreased again to get a little tame chaos.

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1927, Tagore and Pablo Neruda Met in Java

Rabindranath Tagore with wife Mrinalini Devi f...

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Written by Nurel Javissyarqi
Translated by Agus B. Harianto

Poem entitled Kepada Tanah Jawa (To the land of Java), as proof of Rabindranath Tagore (May, 7, 1861, to August, 7, 1941) at 1927, in his 66 years old, long after he got the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, was visiting in the land of Java.

On page 357, exactly subtitles, Hubungan Kita dengan Rabindranath Tagore (Our Relationship with Rabindranath Tagore), Ki Hajar Dewantara in his book, part II A: Kebudayaan (Culture) (published by Majelis Luhur Persatuan Taman Siswa, 1967), says that in 1927, the poet Rabindranath Tagore visited the college Mataram, Jogjakarya. More

The Intrigue of the Poet and His Work

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(It is just the result of my feeling; I wish I am a poet. And, if the term of the feeling is right, then it is the beginning of science).

The “Book of the Angels” is actually not “poetry.”

Written by Nurel Javissyarqi*
Translated by Agus B. Harianto

What are you dreamed of in height of literary? (Goethe).

Poetry is dead periods. It is stopped on the stiffness of itself that had been hidden by flexibility. It could not move too far, when the “words” had been represented its existence. Hence the creation of poetry is a kind of training suicide so many times.

Who died there? It’s creator, More

William Blake (1757-1827)

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Written by Nurel Javissyarqi
Translated by Agus B. harianto

PELBAGAI SENYUM

William Blake

Ada senyum merkahan cinta,
Ada senyum berisi tipu,
Pun sari senyuman ada,
Dalamnya dua senyum berpadu.

Dan ada kernyit berisi dendam,
Pula ada kernyit menghina,
Dan ada hakikat dari kernyitan
Yang sia-sia kaucoba melupa.

Ia dalam tertikam di jantung
Dan menusuk di benak punggung;
Dan tiada senyum pernah disenyumkan,
Selain hanya satu senyuman,

Yang antara buaian dan kubur
Kita senyumkan sekali hanya;
Dan sekali dilepas bibir,
Kikis olehnya segala derita.

Various smile
By William Blake

There is smile of flowered love,
There is a smile of deceit,
Also a quiddity of smile,
The depth of two smiles met. More

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

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Written by Nurel Javissyarqi
Translated by Agus  B. Harianto

Percy Bysshe Shelley (August 4, 1792 – July 8, 1822), English poet born in Field Place (Sussex) and died in Spizzia (Italy). Secondary school at Eton, and he entered the University of Oxford (soon after he expelled in the matter of his pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism, 1811). The experiences at Eton and reading of skeptical philosophers books in Oxford, had embedded resentment against all oppression. He went to London and met Harriet Westbook and then got married, long after he moved to Ireland to propagate the ideology of Shelley about liberty, and after that he lived in London. He met William Godwin whom extremely more closely anarchist ideals and influenced by Mary (son of Godwin). In 1814, Shelley and Mary went to Switzerland, and when got back to the UK he created Alastor, platonic love poems. Before this work, previously he wrote Queen Mab, a revolutionary poem that combined on atheist ideals engendered the public hatred; more revolutionary is The Revolt of Islam, and The Mask of Anarchy. In 1816, More

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