a silent walk in remembrance of those affected by conflict
marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War
25 July, 2014, free, booking essential
a pair of poems will be read and poppy seeds scattered
memorial installation open from 26 July, 2014
Dan Pagis ‘Every Day‘
Ingeborg Bachmann ‘Draft of a Reparations Agreement’
War is no longer declared:
Just continued. The unheard-of
has become the quotidian.
The hero weasels out.
The weakling is at the front.
The uniform of the day is simply patience.
The highest decoration is the pathos of a star
of hope above the heart.
It is awarded
when nothing happens,
when the drum finale of the artillery falls silent,
when the enemy has become invisible,
when the eternal armament’s shadow
darkens the heaven.
It is awarded
for deserting the flag.
For courage in the face of a friend.
For betraying the secrets that shame us.
For the absolute disregard
of any and every order.
Ingeborg Bachmann (1926–1973)
translated from the German by Eavan Boland
Draft of a Reparations Agreement
All right, gentlemen who cry blue murder as always,
Everything will be returned to its place,
paragraph after paragraph.
The scream back into the throat.
The gold teeth back to the gums.
The smoke back to the tin chimney and further on and inside
back to the hollow of the bones,
and already you will be covered with skin and sinews and you
will live, look, you will have your lives back,
sit in the living room, read the evening paper.
Here you are. Nothing is too late.
As to the yellow star:
it will be torn from your chest
and will emigrate
to the sky.
Dan Pagis (1930-1986)
translated from the Hebrew by Stephen Mitchell
Dan Pagis (1930–1986)
Dan Pagis was an Israeli poet, originally from Radauti, Bukovina in Romania, also the birthplace of Paul Celan. During the Second World War he was imprisoned in a concentration camp in the Ukraine, but escaped in 1944, arriving in Israel (then Mandatory Palestine) in 1946. Within a few years of his arrival, Pagis was writing and publishing poetry not in his German mother-tongue, but in newly-learnt Hebrew. He later became a professor of medieval Hebrew literature in Jerusalem.
Dan Pagis, ‘Draft of a Reparations Agreement’, trans. Stephen Mitchell
"Every Day," from The Selected Poetry of Dan Pagis, by Dan Pagis, translated by Stephen Mitchell (c) 1989 by Stephen Mitchell. Published by the University of California Press
Ingeborg Bachmann (1926–1973)
Bachmann was born in Klagenfurt, Austria, near the border with Slovenia. She studied jurisprudence and philosophy, receiving a doctorate from the University of Vienna for work on Martin Heidegger. After graduating, she became a part of the Gruppe 47 literary circle, which also included Paul Celan and Günter Eich. In 1953 she moved to Rome, where she continued to write, although poetry gave way increasingly to prose. Her poems often engage with themes of boundaries and of truth, and her use of language was increasingly influenced by Wittgenstein's Tractatus.
Ingeborg Bachmann, ‘Every Day’, trans. Eavan Boland
in After Every War: Twentieth-Century Women Poets (ed. and trans. Eavan Boland), Princeton University Press, 2006
The grounds and castle of Penrhyn are extensive, containing a railway museum and a large collection of paintings, and it offers striking views of the Snowdonia mountains. The site witnessed the Great Strike in the Penrhyn quarry – an industrial dispute and mark of the profound social changes ushered in by the First World War. Captain the Hon. George Henry Douglas-Pennant, one of the two sons of the 2nd Lord Penrhyn, was killed in the First World War just weeks after getting married. Penrhyn Castle was acquired by the National Trust in 1951, to act as a lasting war memorial.
A circular walk starting from the installation at Penrhyn, returning via the war memorial in the grounds
1 mile, duration approx. 45 minutes, from 14.00pm
Please wear sensible footwear and bring waterproofs in case of rain. Walks may take place on uneven ground and use stiles. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Buttercups at Penrhyn Castle,
© National Trust Images: Paul Harris
'Penrhyn Quarry' by Henry Hawkins, at Penrhyn Castle,
© National Trust Images: John Hammond
A Trust New Art commission for National Trust, supported by Arts Council England