dimarts, 21 de febrer de 2017

Kavafis: Tant com puguis







"I si no pots configurar la teva vida tal com voldries,
al menys procura tant com puguis
no degradar-la
amb massa contacte amb el món,
amb massa activitat i xerrameca.

Procura no degradar-la arrossegant-la,
portant-la per tot arreu i exposant-la massa sovint
a la bestiesa diària
dels esdeveniments socials i les festes,
fins que arriba a semblar un avorrit lloc comú."


Konstantinos P. Kavafis




Versió anglesa utilitzada (traducció de Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard):


As much as you can


And if you can’t shape your life the way you want,
at least try as much as you can
not to degrade it
by too much contact with the world,
by too much activity and talk.

Try not to degrade it by dragging it along,
taking it around and exposing it so often
to the daily silliness
of social events and parties,
until it comes to seem a boring hanger-on."


Traducció de John Cavafy:

"Even if you cannot have the life you would,
endow the life you have with this at least:
do all you can to avoid debasing it
in the continuous contact with the world,
in the continuous restlessness and talk.

Do not debase it by walking it about —
by going often and exposing it
amid the daily trivialities
of your acquaintance and their gatherings,
till like some hanger-on it pesters you."


Traducció de Stratis Haviaras:

"And if you can’t make your life as you’d wish it,
try, at the very least, to accomplish this much:
do not make it less than what it already is
by mixing too excessively with the masses,
by hanging around and endlessly chattering.

Don’t cheapen your life by parading it around,
hauling it everywhere and laying it out there
for the dreary humbug of familiars and fellowship,
until it comes to feel like a curious dead weight."


I per si algú coneix el grec, aquest és el text original:


Όσο Mπορείς

Κι αν δεν μπορείς να κάμεις την ζωή σου όπως την θέλεις,
τούτο προσπάθησε τουλάχιστον
όσο μπορείς: μην την εξευτελίζεις
μες στην πολλή συνάφεια του κόσμου,
μες στες πολλές κινήσεις κι ομιλίες.

Μην την εξευτελίζεις πηαίνοντάς την,
γυρίζοντας συχνά κ’ εκθέτοντάς την
στων σχέσεων και των συναναστροφών
την καθημερινήν ανοησία,
ώς που να γίνει σα μια ξένη φορτική.