Song of my heart
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As my days of blogging as a student are almost at the end, I would like to say a few more words about Finnish literature; particularly I want to mention Aleksis Kivi. He was a Finnish national writer, playwright, poet and novelist, whose major work was SEITSEMÄN VELJESTÄ (1870, Seven Brothers).
Aleksis Kivi was the first professional writer publishing his works in Finnish. He died in poverty at the age of thirty-eight. According to the popular legend his last words were: "Minä elän!"- (I am alive!).
Among Aleksis Kivi's most famous poems is 'Sydämeni laulu' (Song of my Heart) - a dark and very moving work, in which a woman seems to wish her baby dead. The poem was basis for Jean Sibelius song (Op. 18 No. 6) with the same title from 1898. In the poem a mother sits alone with her child and asks:
"Tell me, my child my summerbright, tell me: wouldst thou not sail away from here to a haven of everlasting peace while the white pennant of childhood still flies clean? On the shore of a misty, tideless lake stands the dark manor of Tuoni; there in the heart of a shadowy grove, in the bosom of a dewy thicket a cradle is prepared for thee with snowy linen and wrappings. Hear therefore my song; it wafts thee to the land of the Prince of Tuoni."
('Grove of Tuoni' can be translated as 'Grove of Death').
The winter has arrived to Finland, here in Oulu the temperature is –10 degrees, the forecast for tomorrow in Lapland is –25. I think it was Anastasia who asked me some time ago if I had written everything I had wanted to. Perhaps I have covered most of the things I wanted, but there is a subject matter I did not get change to talk about. It is global warming. But it is so difficult issue for everyday person to try to put right, that perhaps even if we had discussed the issue, we would have not been able to save the world.
Ramin we are just entering the real “Kaamos time”, it will be rather dark here in Oulu until mid of January, in Lapland the darkness lasts longer. Marianna I am glad to hear of your love towards animals and also that you are artistic. Antonio hopefully the pictures tonight please you. Kirsti: Hyvää Joulua! Mariangela I am hard pushed to think of a very typical Finnish cake, I myself like cakes to be rather spicy, maybe I like date cake very much. Lincoln I was happy to hear you are a porridge eater as well.
The pictures are by two very highly respected Finnish artists Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Hugo Simberg. The titles of the paintings are Mother of Lemminkäinen (Kalevala) and a wounded angel by Simberg.
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