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Read and listen To life by Nazim Hikmet

Nazim Hikmet è il più importante poeta turco del Novecento, ricordato principalmente per il suo capolavoro, la raccolta “Poesie d’amore“, che testimonia il suo grande impegno sociale e il suo profondo sentimento poetico. Le sue poesie sono amate in tutto il mondo per arrivare dritte al cuore, grazie al linguaggio semplice delle “piccole cose”. Per ricordarlo vi proponiamo una delle sue poesie più celebri: “Alla vita”. 

Read the poem

Life is not a joke.
Take it seriously
like the squirrel does, for example,
without expecting anything
from without or in the afterlife.
You will have nothing to do but live.

Life is not a joke.
Take it seriously
but seriously to that extent
that placed against the wall, for example, hands tied
or in a laboratory
with a white coat and big glasses,
you die so that other men may live
the men whose faces you will not know,
and you will die knowing
that nothing is more beautiful, poorer than life.

Take it seriously
but seriously to that extent
that at seventy, for example, you will plant olive trees
non perché restino ai tuoi figli
but why won't you believe in death,
while fearing it,
and life will weigh more in the balance.

alla vita
To life 3

So... let's take life seriously, without nonsense, without antics.

E’ il regalo più prezioso che Dio ci ha fatto; è il biglietto per l’eternità.

Listen to the poem

mamma legge la fiaba
Bedtime stories
To life
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