Pure Poetry

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“Life. This morning the sun made me adore it. It had, behind the dripping pine trees, the oriental brightness, orange and crimson, of a living being, a rose and an apple, in the physical and ideal fusion of a true and daily paradise.”

Juan Ramon Jiminez

Dear Beautiful Reader,

Tonight, I’d like to take you into a delightful treasure trove of prose and poetry.

Are you acquainted  with  Juan Ramon Jiminez, the prolific Spanish writer?

In 1956 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Literature “for his lyrical poetry, which in the Spanish language constitutes an example of high spirit and artistical purity”.

He championed the French concept of “pure poetry”.

Encyclopedia Britannica defines it as such:

Pure poetry, message-free verse that is concerned with exploring the essential musical nature of the language rather than with conveying a narrative or having didactic purpose

Please allow me to enchant you with the beauty of pure poetry:

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“I am not I.
                 I am this one
walking beside me whom I do not see,
whom at times I manage to visit,
and whom at other times I forget;
who remains calm and silent while I talk,
and forgives, gently, when I hate,
who walks where I am not,
who will remain standing when I die.”   

Juan Ramon Jiminez

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Huntington Botanical Gardens

“I unpetalled you, like a rose,
to see your soul,
and I didn’t see it.
But everything around
-horizons of land and of seas-,
everything, out to the infinite,
was filled with a fragrance,
enormous and alive.”

Juan Ramon Jiminez

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Malibu, California

“And life takes place
inside us, with the eternal light
of an ecstatic day
which is going on somewhere else.

It is a beautiful thing,
something true and not yet real, beautiful!” 

Juan Ramon Jiminez

 

How can you not feel anything but beautiful and swept away somewhere mesmerizingly wonderful after reading such pure poetry…

With So Much Love, Angela ~ xoxox

 

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