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Old 2007-02-10, 13:12   Link #1
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Poetry and anime/manga characters

As I was practicing for the Valentine's day Concert, I wondered what anime/manga character/situation best matches the following poem/lyrics. Feel free to introduce your literary favorites as well.

1.
Dorothy Parker ( 1893 - 1967 )
One Perfect Rose
A single flower he sent me, since we met.
All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet--
One perfect rose.


I knew the language of the floweret;
"My fragile leaves," it said, "his heart enclose."
Love long has taken for his amulet
One perfect rose.


Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get
One perfect rose.
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Old 2007-02-10, 13:14   Link #2
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2. George Gordon Byron, Lord Byron. 1788–1824

She walks in Beauty


SHE walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that 's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light 5
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face; 10
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow, 15
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!
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Old 2007-02-10, 13:28   Link #3
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3. Te quiero
Mario Benedetti ( b. 1920 ) / Alberto Favero ( b. 1958 )



English translation

If I adore you it is because you are
mylove, my intimate friend, my all;
and in the street, arm in arm,
we are so much more than two.

Your hands are my caress,
my daily affirmations.
I love you because your hands
work for justice.

Your eyes are my lucky charm
against misfortune.
I adore you for your gaze
that looks to and creates the future.

Your mouth is yours and mine,
your mouth is never mistaken:
I love you because your mouth
knows how to cry out for rebellion.

And for your sincere face
and wandering spirit
and your weeping for the world--
because you are the people, I love you.

And because our love is
neither famous nor naive,
and because we are a couple
that knows we are not alone.

I want you in my paradise,
which is to say, in my country;
I want the people to live happily
even though they aren't allowed to!

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Old 2007-02-12, 00:40   Link #4
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As far as I can tell, Honoka ( from Suzuka ) may be the best choice for #2. For some reason Asuka Langley Soryu from EVA reminds me of #1
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