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The Naked and the Nude
Thread poster: Kim Metzger

Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 12:31
German to English
Dec 29, 2004

While working on Aurora's assignment (putting together poems about language), I came across this poem by the great English poet Robert Graves and thought others would enjoy it too.


The Naked and the Nude
Robert Graves

For me, the naked and the nude
(By lexicographers construed
As synonyms that should express
The same deficiency of dress
Or shelter) stand as wide apart
As love from lies, or truth from art.

Lovers without reproach will gaze
On bodies naked and ablaze;
The Hippocratic eye will see
In nakedness, anatomy;
And naked shines the Goddess when
She mounts her lion among men.

The nude are bold, the nude are sly
To hold each treasonable eye.
While draping by a showman's trick
Their dishabille in rhetoric,
They grin a mock-religious grin
Of scorn at those of naked skin.

The naked, therefore, who compete
Against the nude may know defeat;
Yet when they both together tread
The briary pastures of the dead,
By Gorgons with long whips pursued,
How naked go the sometime nude!


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Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 14:31
English to Spanish
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Points of view... Dec 29, 2004

Kim Metzger wrote:
The same deficiency of dress
Or shelter)


Thank you for the poem, Kim. In a way, it does have to do with words/language. Think of the many times we spend hours weighing up words, trying to decide from two (or more) possible words with subtle differences when about to cross our Challenging Bridge.

Thank you!
Au

[Edited at 2004-12-29 23:17]


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R. A. Stegemann
Saudi Arabia
Local time: 02:31
German to English
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The naked. Dec 30, 2004

Extract from "The Naked and the Nude" by Robert Graves

"The naked, therefore, who compete
Against the nude may know defeat;
..."

http://www2.gol.com/users/hsmr/emblem/onsen.html

Best wishes for the New Year!

[Edited at 2004-12-30 13:15]


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