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Vacationing in Rome...a poem and a photo

Friday, July 06, 2012

Not really! Don't get excited! Just going to Rome in my mind. I bought a book years ago, when going to Italy was just a gleam in my eye, which is full of unusual photos and quotations about Italy. I thought I would share some discoveries with you.

"In Italy one learns how to smile at time: perhaps not to get intoxicated by it."
Riccardo Bacchelli, 1962



These two old guys were singing opera in Piazza Navona. Benissimo!

"To An Old Philosopher In Rome" (for George Santayana)
On the threshold of heaven, the figures in the street
Become the figures of heaven, the majestic movement
Of men growing small in the distances of space,
Singing, with smaller and still smaller sound,
Unintelligible absolution and an end---

The threshold, Rome, and that more merciful Rome
Beyond, the two alike in the make of the mind.
It is as if in a human dignity
Two parallels become one, a perspective, of which
Men are part both in the inch and in the mile.

How easily the blown banners change to wings...
Things dark on the horizons of perception,
Become accompaniments of fortune, but
Of the fortune of the spirit, beyond the eye,
Not of its sphere, and yet not far beyond.

The human end in the spirit's greatest reach,
The extreme of the known in the presence of the extreme
Of the unknown.

-- Wallace Stevens




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MAIA2011 5/5/2013 10:35AM

    I love Italy so much that when I get home I am still noticing beautiful architectural details everywhere and then, it fades. Nice post. Mean trick LOL!

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JITZUROE 10/3/2012 9:55PM

    Such a neat culture to just bust out in song like that : )
I have been to Rome, so as soon as I saw this title I raced right over (red rover!). It certainly brought back nice memories for me.
So for that I thank you!!!
Bren

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DEEGIRL50 8/25/2012 12:54PM

    An imaginative mind is a beautiful thing. Thank you for taking us to Rome with you.
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THE-MORE-GIRL 8/25/2012 12:31PM

    I came over to subscribe to your blog (I think I already do, but just in case) so I can cheer you on with the blog food tracking. :-)

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 8/5/2012 11:14PM

    I love Wallace Stevens and Rome, too. I've been to Italy three times in the past few years. What a wonderful blog!

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/21/2012 10:07PM

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CJWORDPLAY 7/17/2012 6:12PM

    Yes, I'm hooked. When can we go?

I want to experience the "extreme of the known in the presence of the extreme of the unknown." emoticon Ciao

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CANNIE50 7/7/2012 7:30PM

    Belissimo! emoticon Italy is near the top of my "absolutely must" vacation spots.

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CELLO23 7/7/2012 5:55PM

    Wow! Thanks, Sara - you've sent me off to discover more about Wallace Stevens. Your photos are beautiful. emoticon

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LISALGB 7/7/2012 12:17AM

    Lovely! Thank you for sharing your virtual vacation! It is a wonderful blog.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/6/2012 7:11PM

    Wonderful mini vacation.

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STARTINGINLIMBO 7/6/2012 12:44PM

    That's so cool those guys were doing that. It brings to mind when my son and his best friend were home on break from college and started singing in the entryway to the mall. They were doing what sounded to me like the type of singing monks do -the harmony was awesome- as were the acoustics. :)

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 7/6/2012 11:55AM

    Oh, Sara, you are so rich in imagination, poetic soul and elegant yearnings. Thank you so much for opening the windows.

Laurie

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ZURDTA- 7/6/2012 11:09AM

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I went to Southern Italy in May... oh the Italian way of life... so much more relaxed...

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CLAIREINPARIS 7/6/2012 10:19AM

    Beautiful! Thank you so much Sara, for a few minutes you made me feel like I was going on vacation to one of the most gorgeous cities in the world!
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