Poet: Emily Dickinson
Is it too late to touch you, Dear?
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: Published/Written in 1955
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Jul 17 2002
Comment 4 of 4, added on February 19th, 2012 at 5:25 PM.
im big bad and russian
kjojnhkljn from Russia
Comment 3 of 4, added on April 6th, 2006 at 6:09 AM.
Revised version of my translation:
Liebster, dich zu berühren, ist es zu spät?
Augenblicke, da wussten wir - -
Liebe wie Erde, Liebe wie Meer - -
Himmlische Liebe, auch sie - -
Comment 2 of 4, added on February 13th, 2006 at 5:56 PM.
Ist es, dich zu berühren, zu spät?
Damals wussten wir beide--
Meeres Liebe und irdische Liebe--
Himmels Liebe war uns gewiss--
By translating this poem into German (German is my native language), I was able to approach its secret which Emily Dickinson expresses in her inimitably simple words that try to reach for the unspeakable.
Love, here, is seen as a never-too-late moment of perennial presence, overcoming doubt and anxious questioning (first verse of the poem) and knowing that it is anchored both in this world and in the world beyond.
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