Daca („If”) – Rudyard Kipling
Joseph Rudyard Kipling ( * 30 decembrie 1865 Bombay, India – † 18 ianuarie, 1936 ) poet şi prozator britanic, laureat al Premiului Nobel pentru Literatură în anul 1907. Este celebru prin povestirea sa pentru copii „Cartea Junglei” (1894), romanul indian de spionaj „Kim” (1901), poemele „Gunga Din” (1892) şi „If— ” (1895), numeroase schiţe şi nuvele. În 1934 i s-a acordat, alături de William Butler Yeats, Premiul Gothenburg pentru Poezie. În timpul vieţii, a fost considerat, îndeobşte, poet şi i s-a oferit un titlu nobiliar şi postul de poet laureat ambele refuzate de Kipling.
Poezia „Dacă” este considerata de multi ca fiind una dintre cele mai frumoase poezii ale lumii, ea reprezentand un fel de Ghid pentru cizelarea si slefuirea fiintei umane.
IF… by Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: „Hold on!”
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And…which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!
Anti-Daca de Kostas Varnalis
Kostas Varnalis (1884-1974) a fost romancier şi poet grec. Opera sa include: Lumina care arde (1922), Poemele scalvilor asediaţi (1927), şi Adevarata apologie a lui Socrate (1933)(o lucrare în proză).
Mi se pare un duel interesant si chiar daca se vrea a fi „Anti-Daca” finalul anuleaza antiteza :)))
ANTI IF by Kostas Varnalis
If you can fool yourself when someone else hits you,
Pretending him a wise man and never you blame him;
If you dont trust nobody and no ones trusting you,
Forgive your sin is easy, but never others sins.
If you respite the evil no single moment and
You lie louder and louder when other people lie;
If youre enjoying hitting the love with hate and though
Pretend to have a wise and even saint good side.
If you move like a worm and never fly with dreams,
And interest is always up to your highest aim;
If you leave the defeated for the winner all times,
Though both of them betraying is your standing desire.
If you can gain a thousand for every little gift
And mother land to play at cards is not a heavy act;
If you dont pay a penny as duty you have made,
As for being you paid is always right and fair.
If you can urge your thinking and heart and even nerves,
Ill old all them to make some new and evil acts;
And indecision bowing low deserves from you as serve,
When all bawl Forward! youre the only crying Back!.
If you reject the evil no single time or plot
And in its shadow feel like in a saint life tree shade;
Yours will be whole Earth and all its gifts and mines,
Youll be the first of masters, but never MAN, be sure!