Reflections - Leon Malinofsky
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In the life of a man, his time is but a moment.... his sense, a dim
rushlight. All that is body is as coursing waters.... all that is of the
soul, as dreams, and vapors. -- Marcus Aurelius
Zum Sehen geboren / Zum Schauen bestellt, / Dem Turme geschworen /
Gefällt mir die Welt. -- Goethe
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world according to Marcus Aurelius (.wav - 291,150 bytes)
Thomas reads "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" (.wav - 1,060,864
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mp3 version!The CD of this stunning, legendary performance, by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,
is only $12. at Amazon!!
Two Trees, by William Butler Yeats Image
The Two Trees, sung by Loreena Mckennitt Reading the lyrics by W.
B. Yeats while hearing this music can be a transcendent, unforgettable
experience. Here is an image of Loreena Mckennitt!
The selection is from McKennitt's album entitled "The Mask and Mirror".
has the entire CD for about $15, and it is great!
Shepherd's Lament (Goethe), translation by Leon Malinofsky
Sum Qualis Eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae, by Ernest Dowson
-- ("I am not quite as I was under the rule of the
The Theologian's Tale, by H. W. Longfellow
-- A tale of faith and courtship told in plain
dactyls, with a powerful subtext. From "Tales of a Wayside Inn".
A Pilgrimage to Kevlaar (Heine), translation by Leon
--"Die Wallfahrt Nach Kevlaar" is an
unusually powerful work of passion, prayer and
Gratia Artis, by C. P. Cavafy
the One of Fictive Music, by Wallace Stevens
The Sky's Too Bright, by Dylan Thomas (with
Letter To My Aunt Discussing The Correct Approach to
Modern Poetry, by Dylan Thomas
-- "A Letter To My Aunt" is a satire, in verse,
of an aunt's poetic pretensions
Force That Through The Green Fuse Drives The Flower, by Dylan Thomas
Forsaken Garden, by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Law of the Yukon, by Robert W. Service -- a
rather different view of nature from Swinburne's.
Orchids -- photography by Leon Malinofsky.
High-resolution copy of image used as background for
"The Force That Through The Green Fuse Drives The
Flower", above. Approximately 1.7 MB. The
image may be used freely.
Market, by Christina Rossetti19K
.gif of Christina Rossetti
to Eros, by Clark Ashton Smith
Davis Eyes -- song lyrics by Donna Weiss/Jackie
The Comedian Harmonists: Wochenend und Sonnenschein (Approx. 3 meg
filesize-- ca. 18 mins. to download at 28.8 Kbps)
The Comedian Harmonists, a group of six young men, sang in
Cabaret-era Berlin (early 1930s). Their renditions radiate pure joy.
for a photo and to browse the definitive CD of their work!
Translations by Leon Malinofsky
und Du (You and I), by Christian Friedrich Hebbel
Färbte Sich Die Wiese Grün (With Color Blooms the
Meadow Green), by Novalis
i like to think of dead, by e e cummings
by William Cullen Bryant
a middle of a room, by e e cummings
Garden of Proserpine, by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Reaper and the Flowers, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
--written by the poet after the tragic loss of his wife
and children in a fire.
what if a much of a which of a wind, by e e cummings
Hill, by Dylan Thomas
Hill, read aloud by Dylan Thomas (True
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Emperor of Ice Cream, by Wallace Stevens
Mere Being, by Wallace Stevens
Ballad of the Long-Legged Bait, by Dylan Thomas
Ballad of the Long-Legged Bait, read aloud by
Dylan Thomas. (TrueSpeech audio file--
see note above!)
-- brief verse
Fish, by Rupert Brooke
Dark Side of the Moon (.jpg- 206,259 bytes)
of Venus (.gif- 236,597 bytes)
Landing on the Surface of Mars (.jpg- 296,449
Rime of the Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor
Perhaps the strangest voyage of all.
mam mon (noun). 1. New
Testament. riches or material wealth. 2. (cap.) a personification of
riches as an evil spirit or deity.
Common Cult, by George Sterling
Second Coming, by William Butler Yeats
All Along The Watchtower, by Bob Dylan
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element of outline for interpretation
boys i mean are not refined, by e e cummings
(.wav - 1,384,448 bytes) From the C-sharp minor sonata, performed
by Vladimir Horowitz.TrueSpeech
(.wav - 1,308,672 bytes) From the
Hammerklavier sonata in B-flat, Op. 106,
performed by Rudolf Serkin.
Midi file version (entire movement)
Schubert-- Der Doppelgänger.
Performed in Russian by the legendary Feodor
Chaliapin. For an
English translation of the lyrics, look .
For a slideshow of this performance featuring images of Chaliapin, click here.
Blumen Schmerz (a song by Franz Schubert) --
sheet music only in .pdf format. One of
the rare, undiscovered gems of the Schubert
songs. With an interlined English
translation by Leon Malinofsky.
text of the English translation.
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Place of the Solitaires, by Wallace Stevens
Conjuring in the Iron Tower, by E. R. Eddison-- Possibly the
finest fictional account of an alchemic conjuration in the literature.
Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver, by Rembrandt van Rijn
After ten years of searching, I have finally
found a color image of this work!
Visit to the Musee D'Orsay
Eleven superb (mostly impressionist)
The Metaphysics of
The time has come for The Metaphysics of
Skydiving to have its own page, complete with quotes, personal
reflections, skydiving verse, pictures, a movie, a short story, some
cartoon humor by Don Martin, and lots of colorful graphics. To visit
this page, click !
Monsters from the Id-- Two short stories by Clark Ashton Smith
that demonstrate the link between poetry and horror.
by Clark Ashton Smith
Lord of the Smoking Mirror--
Tezcatlipoca, most potent and implacable of the
Aztec deities. Speaks in Delphic portents
through the mirror, his gateway. Look into the
smoking glass-- what is he saying?
(These links will open in a
new browser window.)
University of Toronto Library -- poems and
literature in English
The poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Project Bartleby - Works of Melville, Shelley,
Wordsworth, Wilde, Whitman
Dead Poets Society -- formerly known as
Richard's Poetry Library.
collection of favorite poems.
The Thinking Man's Minefield
Some intriguing, some outrageous
intellectualisms compiled by Kevin Solway
Booklovers: Fine Books and Literature Page
-- maintained by Piet Wesselman
Poetry Lover's Guide to the World Wide Web
-maintained by Lucius Furius.
Poems by Lucius Furius
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