Friday, April 13, 2012

Happy Birthday Samuel Beckett !

Samuel Barclay Beckett
Today is the birthday of an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet Samuel Barclay Beckett. Samuel Beckett (13 April 1906 – 22 December 1989) lived in France for most of his adult life and wrote in both English and French. His work offers a bleak, tragicomic outlook on human nature, often coupled with black comedy and gallows humour. Beckett is widely regarded as among the most influential writers of the 20th century. Strongly influenced by James Joyce, he is considered one of the last modernists. As an inspiration to many later writers, he is also sometimes considered one of the first postmodernists. He is one of the key writers in what Martin Esslin called the "Theatre of the Absurd". His work became increasingly minimalist in his later career. Beckett was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his writing, which—in new forms for the novel and drama—in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation". Presenting a poem : Being Poet
What would I do without this world?
what would I do without this world faceless incurious 
where to be lasts but an instant where every instant 
spills in the void the ignorance of having been 
without this wave where in the end 
body and shadow together are engulfed 
what would I do without this silence where the murmurs die 
the pantings the frenzies towards succour towards love 
without this sky that soars 
above its ballast dust
what would I do what I did yesterday and the day before 
peering out of my deadlight looking for another 
wandering like me eddying far from all the living 
in a convulsive space 
among the voices voiceless 
that throng my hiddenness