|On an Italian Shore ||The Canon
|The son of Menedoros, Kimos, a Greek-Italian,
fritters his life away in the pursuit of pleasure,
according to the common practice in Magna Graecia
among the rich, unruly young men of today.
Today, however, wholly counter to his nature,
he’s lost in thought, dejected. There on the shores he sees
with bitter melancholy ship upon ship that slowly
disgorges crates of booty from the Peloponnese.
Greek booty. Spoils of Corinth.
Today don’t be surprised if it’s unsuitable,
indeed impossible, for the Italicized
young man to dream of giving himself to pleasure fully.
|Translated by James Merrill|
|(James Merrill, Collected Poems, Alfred A. Knopf, 2002) |
|- Original Greek Poem
|- Translation by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard|