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Before Dawn: The Poetry of Sapardi Djoko Damono

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Before Dawn - Suddenly the Night, Lontar first publication, was released in 1987. Before Dawn, a completely revised and expanded version of this work, contains an additional thirty poems by Sapardi Djoko Damono, on of Indonesia’s most prominent poets. The writer, through the language of his poetry and its meaning, sound and rhythem, proves himself capable of depicting a hi ...more
Hardcover, 209 pages
Published 2005 by The Lontar Foundation
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Manik Sukoco
Dec 29, 2015 Manik Sukoco rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Sapardi’s poems are humble like the man who wrote them. Every time I read his poems, I am always reminded of my first date, when I was in college. The poems are grammatically and semantically complete. They didn’t speak loud like (political) pamphlets, but slow and beautiful, wants to mend the morals of society. I will pick two of my favorite poems:

"I WANT"
I want to love you simply, in words not spoken: tinder to the flame which transforms it to ash
I want to love you simply, in signs not express
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Anastasia Eugenia
Mar 22, 2011 Anastasia Eugenia rated it it was amazing
(one of my favorites)


The day will come
When my body no longer exists
But in the lines of this poem
I will never let you be alone

The day will come
When my voice is no longer heard
But within the words of this poem
I will continue to watch over you

The day will come
When my dreams are no longer known
But in the spaces found in the letters of this poem
I will never tired of looking for you
(The Day Will Come-Sapardi Djoko Damono)




Theresia
Apr 02, 2015 Theresia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, translated
(Reread) The only book of mine that has touched four continents with me. I'm a crappy poetry reader, but when it comes to poetry translation, I definitely pick John McGlynn (whom I met once--great man and scholar) over Harry Aveling.

SDD:
Tuan Tuhan, bukan? Tunggu sebentar,
saya sedang ke luar.

McGlynn:
It's Mister God, is it not? Wait a moment, will you?
I'm out.

Aveling:
Mister mystery, aren't you? Just a moment,
I'm out to lunch.

Both are a great miss, in terms of lyricism and wittiness, but Aveling's
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Astri Kusuma
Oct 23, 2010 Astri Kusuma rated it it was amazing
Kumpulan puisi yang indah. Kualitas bukunya bagus, kertasnya juga bagus.
Rohman Muhamad
May 23, 2015 Rohman Muhamad rated it it was amazing
Selalu kagum dari karya - karya seorang Sapardi Djoko, terkesan lawas, berisi dan tidak lebay seperti buku - buku jaman sekarang.
Dania Syarwan
May 18, 2014 Dania Syarwan rated it really liked it
amazing words ..
Irwan
Oct 28, 2010 Irwan rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished, 2010
Thanks to Lita for the kind gift :-)


p.169

SHOES

you didn't feel it when your shoes trod on
the pebbles and old leaves on the footpath;
you didn't hear the insightful comments
of the leaves and the pebbles about your shoes


p.142

I WANT

I want to love you simply,
in words not spoken:
tinder to the flame which transforms it to ash

I want to love you simply,
in signs not expressed:
clouds to the rain which make them evanesce

Sherinesky Suryanegara
Jan 26, 2013 Sherinesky Suryanegara rated it really liked it
"Walking Westward in the Morning"

walking westward in the morning the sun follows me from behind
walking, I follow my drawn-out shadow before me
the sun and I don't argue about which one of us creates the shadow
the shadow and I don't argue about which one of us must lead the way..

one of my fave!
Famega Syavira
Aug 05, 2012 Famega Syavira rated it it was amazing
i love this book so much, read it over and over again. Even the too-much-quoted poem of Sapardi (aku ingin mencintaimu dengan sederhana) feels like brand new.

Date i finish? No i never finished read it :D
Rosi Simamora
Jul 18, 2016 Rosi Simamora rated it really liked it
Tulisan Sapardi menurut saya abadi, selalu baru setiap kali saya menjenguknya. Padahal sudah puluhan kali saya membacanya.
Alfian
Feb 20, 2013 Alfian rated it really liked it
kumpulan puisi sapardi yang ditranslasikan ke dalam bahasa inggris. banyak puisi bagus di dalamnya.
gieb
Nov 02, 2010 gieb marked it as to-read
nemu di periplus juanda. belum sempat dibuka. sudah berpindah tangan ke orang lain. hehe.
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Shelves: in-english, punya
495 - 2013
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Masa mudanya dihabiskan di Surakarta. Pada masa ini ia sudah menulis sejumlah karya yang dikirimkan ke majalah-majalah. Kesukaannya menulis ini berkembang saat ia menempuh kuliah di bidang bahasa Inggris di Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta.

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