Download e-book for kindle: After All: Last Poems by William Matthews

By William Matthews

ISBN-10: 0544101685

ISBN-13: 9780544101685

This is often the touchingly entitled selection of poems William Matthews had accomplished presently prior to demise, simply after his fifty-fifth birthday in November 1997. Is demise ever completely unforeseen? no longer, probably, through a collector of expertise, a connoisseur of language, who can confer with "death flickering in you're keen on a pilot light." In in any case, Matthews appears taking a look his final on all issues beautiful: track, foodstuff and wine, love. within the wonderful significant poem, "Dire Cure," which varieties a type of backbone to the publication, he describes the outstanding implications of the "heroic measures" that stored the existence and restored the wellbeing and fitness of his spouse from "a children's melanoma (doesn't that possessive holiday your heart?)." He inspires the dying of his favourite jazz musician, Charles Mingus. He speaks of cats, canines, pigs, sheep, of the previous, of background, of joys proposed, yet specially, along with his attribute comfortable wit, of language and its quiddities: "My love says i believe too rattling a lot and perhaps she's right." finally is the ultimate from some of the most pensive and scrumptious of all our poets.

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Es ist eigentlich eine Ungerechtigkeit, daß der Dichter nicht – gleich dem Musiker – den Teilen seiner Werke hinzufügen darf, in welchem Tempo er sie genommen wissen will» (1896). Fünf Jahre später, inmitten der großen Ibsen-Übertragung, finden wir einen Satz über das Wesen der Tragödie, der in schöpferischer Kontemplation die Schopenhauerschen Ideen, wie sie sich in Nietzsches Geburt der Tragödie kristallisiert haben, fortführt: «Was soll uns Tragödie heißen und als tiefste Erregung von der Bühne herab gelten?

Das trifft besonders für die Idee der Reinkarnation zu, die Morgenstern schon als Ahnung im Seelenleben trug und der er dann in den Schriften Schopenhauers begegnen konnte. Ein Gedicht des Achtzehnjährigen, in dem die Idee der wiederholten Erdenleben zu Tage tritt, fällt in die Zeit des intensivsten Schopenhauer-Studiums: Wie oft wohl bin ich schon gewandelt auf diesem Erdenball des Leids, wie oft wohl hab’ ich umgewandelt den Stoff, die Form des Lebenskleids? Wie oft mag ich schon sein gegangen durch diese Welt, aus dieser Welt, um ewig wieder anzufangen von frischem Hoffnungstrieb geschwellt?

Das ist für ihn charakteristisch. In Betracht kam immer nur, wieweit das Urteil lebenserhaltend, arterhaltend, artzüchtend war. Das lag als Grundstimmung für den Rhapsoden in Jenseits von Gut und Böse. Doch immer wieder findet er zurück zu Goethe, als Ausgangspunkt, als Mitte, als Ideal. Im Nachlaß (zur Zeit der Geburt der Tragödie) finden sich Worte wie die folgenden, die so viel später verschüttete Ahnung verbergen: «Die Griechen sind die Künstler des Lebens. Sie haben ihre Götter, um leben zu können, nicht um sich dem Leben zu entfremden.

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