Giorgos Seferis

(13 March 1900 - 20 September 1971 / Izmir)

Interval Of Joy

Poem by Giorgos Seferis

We were happy all that morning
Ο God how happy.
First the stones the leaves and the flowers shone
and then the sun
a huge sun all thorns but so very high in the heavens.
Α Nymph was gathering our cares and hanging them on the trees
a forest of Judas trees.
Cupids and satyrs were singing and playing
and rosy limbs could be glimpsed amid black laurel
the flesh of young children.
We were happy all that morning;
the abyss was a closed well
ο n which the tender foot of a young faun stamped
do γ ο υ remember its laughter: how happy we were!
And then clouds rain and the damp earth;
you stopped laughing when you reclined in the hut,
and opened your large eyes and gazed
on the archangel wielding a fiery sword

'Ι cannot explain it, ' you said, 'Ι cannot explain it, '
Ι find people impossible to understand
however much they may play with colors
they are all black.


GEORGE SEFERIS. Translated by Kimon Friar.


Comments about Interval Of Joy by Giorgos Seferis

  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (11/5/2019 5:48:00 PM)

    An interesting descriptive composition written with clarity of thought and mind.(Report)Reply

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  • A K Chaturvedi, India (4/26/2019 11:35:00 PM)

    The poem shows the poet's interest in natural beauty leading to joy. His perception of human nature underlines his pessimistic approach to human existence.(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (3/30/2018 4:09:00 PM)

    Intriguing. He knew how to draw the reader in and then challenge the heck out of him. Definitely going to read more by him.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (3/30/2018 1:25:00 PM)

    I cannot explain it, ' you said, 'Ι cannot explain it, '
    Ι find people impossible to understand
    however much they may play with colors
    they are all black.........stunning expressions with nice theme. Beautiful poem shared.(Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (3/30/2018 6:36:00 AM)

    Ι find people impossible to understand
    however much they may play with colors
    they are all black.
    Lovely poem shared.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (3/30/2018 5:21:00 AM)

    They are all black! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 14, 2006



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