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June 26, 2010

the poetry of soccer

Filed under: relational poetry, Uncategorized — Tags: — razvan @ 7:08 pm

How do legends move? Pindar, the greatest ancient poet used to write about sports champions. Where is the poetry that builts the legends of today? It maybe dwells in our eyes ready to be discovered.
I had chosen scenes with soccer legends and a friend told me to compare it with contemporary poets.
The soccer show can be paralleled with language show found in poetry. For each decade I found poets contemporary with the legendary soccer actions.

~2000 Zidane – as from lines by Billy Collins (n.1941) / Suheir Hammad (n.1973)/ Yehuda Amichai (1924 – 2000)

anii 80-90 Maradona with all kind of precious moves as from Nimah Nawwab (n.1966)/ Michael Ondaatje (n.1954) or from classics Vasko Popa (1922-1991)/ Jorge Luis Borges (1899 – 1986)

anii 70 Johann Cruyff with direct executions as Jacques Prévert (1900-1977)/Pasolini (1922-1975)

anii 60 Pele in pain and fantasy as from Paul Celan (1920-1970)/ Ginsberg (1926-1997)

anii 50 Lev Iasin, a goalkeeper that became the best european player in 1962 calls for contemporary poetic performances by T.S.Eliot (1888–1965)/ Pablo Neruda (1904–1973)/ Nazim Hikmet (1902–1963)

anii 30 Puskas dramatic and historical as Esenin (1895-1925)/ Kavafi (1863-1933)/ Jozsef Attila (1905–1937)


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