Poets around the world have defined PEACE in different ways using various literary images. It can mean world peace, peace between friends, family, or inner peace. Whichever meaning of peace you're looking for, LuzDelMes project is sharing a moment to reflect on the meaning of PEACE throughout POETRY. Join us the last Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. ET via Zoom & Instagram.
The Objective: Reach inner peace throughout poetry.
During the month of January, we read poems by Rabindranath Tagore. On February, Black History Month, I chose Maya Angelou. During March, I quoted a poem by Emily Dickinson "I Many Times Thought Peace Had Come," and on April exploring the Japanese philosophy and idiom proverb from the 1400,s "Kacho-Fuugetsu" 花鳥風月, May the poetry of Pablo Neruda (Chilean Poet) & Thomas Merton's reflections and June "The Peace-Pipe" by Henry Wadswoth Longfellow, 1855. It tells an origin story of the peace-pipe of the indigenous Americans before the European settlers arrived.
"O my children! my poor children!
Listen to the words of wisdom,
Listen to the words of warning,
From the lips of the Great Spirit,
From the Master of Life, who made you!
"I have given you lands to hunt in,
I have given you streams to fish in,
I have given you bear and bison,
I have given you roe and reindeer,
I have given you brant and beaver,
Filled the marshes full of wild-fowl,
Filled the rivers full of fishes:
Why then are you not contented?
Why then will you hunt each other?
"I am weary of your quarrels,
Weary of your wars and bloodshed,
Weary of your prayers for vengeance,
Of your wranglings and dissensions;
All your strength is in your union,
All your danger is in discord;
Therefore be at peace henceforward,
And as brothers live together.
–This poem is part of the longer epic narrative poem "The Song of Hiawatha"–
En enero exploramos la poesía de Rabindranath Tagore el poeta bengalí, premio nobel de literatura 1913. En febrero, Mes de la Historia Negra, seleccioné a Maya Angelou, celebre poeta y activista Afro-Americana. En Marzo dedicamos a la poeta Estadounidense Emily Dickinson con el poema: Muchas veces pensé que la paz había llegado, 1863. En Abril, exploraremos el conepto Japónes: 花鳥風月 (Kachou Fuugetsu). El profesor y filósofo, Masashi Nakamura nos dice que significa: "conocerse a sí mismo a través de la naturaleza. En Mayo exploramos la poesia de Thomas Merton (USA, 1915-1968) y Pablo Neruda (Chile, 1904-1973) y Junio "La pipa de la paz" (The Peace-Pipe) por Henry Wadswoth Longfellow escrito en 1855 y Poema Pazalma de Roberto Abril.