Richard Wilbur

(March 1, 1921)

Parable - Poem by Richard Wilbur

I read how Quixote in his random ride
Came to a crossing once, and lest he lose
The purity of chance, would not decide

Whither to fare, but wished his horse to choose.
For glory lay wherever turned the fable.
His head was light with pride, his horse's shoes

Were heavy, and he headed for the stable.


Comments about Parable by Richard Wilbur

  • Fabrizio Frosini (1/1/2016 5:18:00 AM)


    I've modified my translation a little bit...

    'Parabola'


    Ho letto come Chisciotte nel suo girovagare casuale
    Giunse un giorno ad un incrocio, e per non offendere
    La sorte, non avrebbe deciso quale

    Direzione prendere, lasciando tale scelta al suo cavallo.
    Perché la gloria si posa ovunque giri il mito.
    La sua testa era leggera per l'orgoglio, gli zoccoli del suo cavallo

    Pesanti, così puntò verso la stalla.


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  • Fabrizio Frosini (1/1/2016 4:30:00 AM)


    - - my ITALIAN translation:

    Parabola - Poesia di Richard Wilbur


    Ho letto come Chisciotte nel suo girovagare casuale
    Giunse un giorno ad un incrocio, e per non offendere
    La sorte, non avrebbe deciso quale

    Direzione prendere, lasciando tale scelta al suo cavallo.
    Poiché la gloria si posa ovunque giri il mito.
    La sua testa era luminosa d'orgoglio, gli zoccoli del suo cavallo

    Erano pesanti, così si diresse verso la stalla.
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  • Terry Craddock (5/21/2015 7:07:00 PM)


    Adventure with weary travel and the risk of the road, or clean hay, a warm stable, fresh water and oats, makes good horse sense, no decision, homeward heading to a smart horse not horsing around. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (5/21/2015 5:08:00 PM)


    Interesting rhyme scheme. Very enjoyable poem. The horse made the right choice. (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee (5/21/2015 2:27:00 AM)


    nice, humorous poem; I pity the horse... (Report) Reply

  • (5/21/2015 2:03:00 AM)


    That time of poem that easily succeeds to bring you to laughter (Report) Reply

  • (10/1/2007 7:28:00 PM)


    I like the rhythm of this piece. (Report) Reply

  • (12/24/2006 1:52:00 PM)


    I agree with the horse. Going home is glorious. (Report) Reply

  • (5/28/2004 11:46:00 PM)


    gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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