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Cuchullain comforted

Le rconfort de Cuchulain - W.B. YEATS -daprs Last poms (1936-1939)

mercredi 28 mai 2008, par olivier

Le réconfort de Cuchulain :
Cou-hou-lin est un héros de la mythologie , mort en combattant les vagues de la mer. L’ultime combat du héros est le sujet de la dernière pièce de Yeats .Ce poème est on ne peut plus lugubre...snif, snif..!On y entend le souffle de formes étranges et envoûtantes qui invitent Cuchulain à confectionner son propre linceul pour les rejoindre au rang des couards et des traîtres qui ont vendus les leurs avant d’êtres eux-mêmes livrés à la mort dans la frayeur. C’est gai quoi, vous ne trouvez pas !!!

Cuchullain comforted

A man that had six mortal wounds,a man

Violent and famous, strode among the dead ;

Eyes stared out of the branches and were gone.

Then certain Shroud that muttered head to head

Came and were gone. He leant upon a tree

As though to meditate on wounds and blood.

A shroud that seemed to have authority

Among those bird-like things came, and let fall

A bundel of linen. Shrouds by two and three

Came creeping up because the man was still.

And there upon that linen-carrier said :

« Your life can grow much sweeter if you will

Obey your ancient rule and make a shroud ;

Mainly because of what we only know

The rattle of those arms make us afraid.

We thread the needles’eyes, and all we do

All must together do. That done, the man

Took up the nearest and began to sew.

Now must we sing and sing the best we can,

But first you must be told our character :

Convicted cowards all, by kindred slain

Or driven from home and left to die in fear ».

They sang, but had nor human tunes nor words,

Though all was done in common as before.

They ada changed their throats and had throats of birds.