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photoblog image Polderland Lief Nederland

Polderland Lief Nederland

 

seen in Veere/ Zeeland (NL)

 

Memory of Holland

 

 by Hendrik Marsman

 

 

I picture broad rivers

meandering through

unending lowland:

rows of incredibly

lanky poplars, huge

plumes that linger

at the edge of the world;

in the astounding

distance small-holdings

that recede into space

throughout the country;

clumps of trees, town-lands,

stumpy towers, churches

and elms that contribute

to the grand design;

a low sky, and the sun

smothering slowly in mists, pearl-gray,

mother-of-pearl;

and in every county

the water 's warning

of more catastrophes

heard and heeded.

 

 

Translated by Irish poet Michael Longley (* Belfast, 1939)

 

This is one of the most famous Dutch poems that almost every student learns at school.  It is my favourite Dutch poem, too - written in Dutch, of course.

 

Thank you kindly for your comments this week!

Polderland Lief Nederland

 

seen in Veere/ Zeeland (NL)

 

Memory of Holland

 

 by Hendrik Marsman

 

 

I picture broad rivers

meandering through

unending lowland:

rows of incredibly

lanky poplars, huge

plumes that linger

at the edge of the world;

in the astounding

distance small-holdings

that recede into space

throughout the country;

clumps of trees, town-lands,

stumpy towers, churches

and elms that contribute

to the grand design;

a low sky, and the sun

smothering slowly in mists, pearl-gray,

mother-of-pearl;

and in every county

the water 's warning

of more catastrophes

heard and heeded.

 

 

Translated by Irish poet Michael Longley (* Belfast, 1939)

 

This is one of the most famous Dutch poems that almost every student learns at school.  It is my favourite Dutch poem, too - written in Dutch, of course.

 

Thank you kindly for your comments this week!

comments (7)

  • Lisl
  • England
  • 30 Oct 2014, 05:55
Very nice selection of pictures, Philine
Philine: Many thanks, Lisl!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Oct 2014, 06:49
That's Astridland alright Philine, I like Hollandshire too
Philine: Yes, Astrid- and- Ginnieland! Many thanks, Chris! Munstershire looks partly like Hollandshire, but a bit more over the sea level (Münster 68 mtr.).
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 30 Oct 2014, 07:50
The poem sums up what little I know about Holland. In fact, I was surprised to see what amount tro a hill top right. I love the glorious sunset; the rays especailly.
Philine: Hollandshire would be an ideal biker land for you - but you may prefer biking up and down the hills. Many thanks, Alan!
Vous avez fort bien illustré ce poème qui décrit bien la Hollande avec ce beau triptych Philine!
Bonne journée
Philine: Merci beaucoup,M. Richard! J'aime ce poème et j'aime votre comment!
Bonne journée
(Do you have the same problems like me? - the French accents are not correctly processed in the replies we do recieve.)
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 30 Oct 2014, 09:17
Philine: Sorry: I deleted Chad's comment, I don't know how this could happen -it did not for the first time:
"I hope you had a wonderful time in Dutchland Philine. Your top right picture reminds me of my strasse picture today with its long perspective. Your bottom right picture is joyful, a glorious burst of sunshine."
Yes, I had a wonderful time in Zeeland - unfortunately, I had to break up my visit in Amsterdam earlier than expected because of heavy pains in my right leg/hip. I'm afraid the next operation will soon follow. I enjoyed a canal trip through the harbour and the grachten in A'dam and an Indonesian Rice-table in Chinatown/Rode Buurt - A'dam is a really unique city, very busy and a bit dirty, too.
I like your 'Straße' picture today!
Many thanks, Chad!
Very nice shots, Philine. The poem's ending made me a bit sad.
Philine: Yes, you are right, the ending recalls the flooding along the coast and over the polderland under the sea level and remembers some bad experiences during the WWI and WWII. Netherlands have to struggle against the water every day - but thanks to high technology (the best water engineers) they are very successful. Many thanks, Mary!
What a lovely collage, Philine. I especially love the sunset.
Philine: Many thanks, Pauline! Later I'll answer your mailtje.

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