Gunnar Wennerberg: Translations by Jerome Berglund


Gunnar Wennerberg was an acclaimed Swedish poet, composer of music, educator and statesman who lived from 1817 to 1901.  A statue of him was presented to the city of Minneapolis in 1915 by an association dedicated to preserving the memory of his accomplishments.


Jerome Berglund, recently nominated for the Touchstone awards and Pushcart Prize, has published translations in Setu Bilingual Journal, the Pinecone Review, Brown Bag Online, and Ekphrastic Review.  The first full-length collection of his own poetry Bathtub Poems was just released by Setu Press.

 


 War and Peace.

Gunnar Wennerberg

translated by Jerome Berglund

 

    Not only those who be victors of war

Deserve their reputations proudly scored

And venerated in posterity;

Mediators too produce stunning triumphs

Whose splendors we should place just as high up

Are worth celebrating merrily.

    

You’ve had enough glory of war,

Than you could bear in fact much more,

    Noble Swedish people!

Start now and do not cease,

To always exalt peace,  

    Make your hearts its steeple!

 

 It’s one thing, however, to hear some advice,

 Another applying in ways which suffice;

               Listening does not mean understanding.

Not long silent remained the corps:

“If you want peace, then ride to war!”

               Do it, urgency is demanding!





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