How can I, that girl standing there,
My attention fix
On Roman or on Russian
Or on Spanish politics?
Yet here's a travelled man that knows
What he talks about,
And there's a politician
That has read and thought,
And maybe what they say is true
Of war and [war's]1 alarms,
But O that I were young again
And held her in my arms!
Translation(s): FRE ITA
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Note: the poem is headed by this quote: "In our time the destiny of man presents its meanings in political terms" - Thomas Mann.
1 Wilkinson: "man's
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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , title 1: "Politica", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
- FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Politique", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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Language: French (Français) after the English
Comment puis-je, avec cette fille devant moi,
Fixer mon attention
Sur la politique romaine, russe
ou celle de l'Espagne ?
Pourtant ici il y a un homme qui a voyagé qui sait
De quoi il parle,
Et il y a un politicien
Qui a lu et pensé,
Et peut-être que ce qu'ils disent est vrai
Sur la guerre et les craintes de guerre,
Mais, si je pouvais être jeune à nouveau
Et la tenir dans mes bras !
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