By George Gordon Byron, T. Steffan
Byron's exuberant masterpiece tells of the adventures of Don Juan, starting along with his illicit love affair on the age of 16 in his local Spain and his next exile to Italy. Following a dramatic shipwreck, his exploits take him to Greece, the place he's offered as a slave, and to Russia, the place he turns into a favourite of the Empress Catherine who sends him directly to England. Written in ottava rima stanza shape, Byron's Don Juan blends excessive drama with earthy humor, outrageous satire of his contemporaries, and sharp mockery of Western societies, with England coming less than specific assault.
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Harsh shadowy plumage, the grass spread it one morning. Sudden splits in the walls confirmed it day after day, charcoal traces on stone, transparent spiders, winds. And suddenly when night spilled over, it dangerously overflowed the closed showcases, tight knots, hands that could hardly hold the stormy pressure. A great black bird fell onto your plate. Like wrapping around some fire--dark, taciturn, breathlessit came from far away, piercing as it passed the pure skin of every day. Now you notice how this chilling harvest smokes.
Don't let her pass. Cut off her path with a wildfire from the tree split by lightning. Cast her reflection where the waters run so she can never return. Bury her shadow's length under your house so earth can reclaim her through its mouth. Name her with the name of the deserted. Name her. Name her with cold and burning, with wax melted like dirty snow where her life's form falls, 37 con las tijeras y el puiial, con el rastro de la alimafia herida sabre la piedra negra, con el humo del ascua, con la fosa del imposible amor abierta al rojo vivo en su costado, con la palabra de poder n6mbrala y matala.
Oh, you, the inclement angels of time, who still live in the distancethat oblivion which is too rebelliousyou, who carry my abandoned and angry heart off to the darkness, to its withered idols, still eternal: you cannot take from me this little life between two dreams, this body of vines and leaves that is falling tenderly, dying inside, the way the grass dies. 51 LES JEUX SONT FAITS jTanto esplendor en este dfa! jTanto esplendor inutil, vado, traicionado! zY quien te dijo acaso que vendrfan por ti dfas dorados en afios venideros?