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Francine P A little of everywhere / United States, Female, 41
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    • POEM: To ---- by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (10/13/2009 5:17:00 PM)

      I would also like to add that to 'To-' is actually addressed as To.....A.P. Kern, a reference to Anna Kern, whom the author met in 1819. Sadly, the sentiments expressed so beautifully in this poem to her was short lived. Not long after this poem was written he acquired quite a different view of her.

    • POEM: To ---- by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (10/13/2009 5:08:00 PM)

      I also have another translation of this poem. I've read numerous translations of this poem and the following (as translated by Walter Arndt) is by far my favorite.

      I recollect that wondrous meeting,
      That instant I encountered you,
      When like an apparition fleeting,
      Like Beauty's spirit, past you flew.

      Long since, when hopeless grief distressed me,
      When noise and turmoil vexed, it seemed
      Your voice still tenderly caressed me,
      Your dear face sought me as I dreamed.

      Years passed; their stormy gusts confounded
      And swept away old dreams apace.
      I had forgotten how you sounded,
      Forgot the heaven of your face.

      In exiled gloom and isolation
      My quiet days meandered on,
      The thrill of awe and inspiration
      And life, and tears, and love were gone.

      My soul awoke from inanition,
      And I encounntered you anew,
      And like a fleeting apparition,
      Like Beauty's spirit, past you flew.

      My pulses bound in exultation,
      And in my heart once more unfold
      The sense of awe and inspiration,
      The life, the tears, the love of old.