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De eenhoorn in kunst en literatuur

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In de laatste tijd ben ik een paar keer het sympathieke fabeldier Eenhoorn

tegengekomen.

 


Stephan Balkenhol, Unicorn (2001), Olieverf en wa-wahout

 

  • Bij Rainer Maria Rilke:
… Sie nährten es mit keinem Korn
nur immer mit der Möglichkeit, es sei.
Und die gab solche Stärke an das Tier,
daß es aus sich ein Stirnhorn trieb. Ein Horn.
Zu einer Jungfrau kam es weiß herbei
– und war im Silber-Spiegel und in ihr.
 
  •  Bij Pat Andrea

  • …En dus bij Lewis Carroll, Through the looking-glass, waar de eenhoorn Alice als een fabeldier beschouwt:
CHAPTER VII. The Lion and the Unicorn
 […]
‘Who are at it again?’ she ventured to ask.
‘Why the Lion and the Unicorn, of course,’ said the King.
‘Fighting for the crown?’
‘Yes, to be sure,’ said the King: ‘and the best of the joke is, that it’s MY crown all the while! Let’s run and see them.’ And they trotted off, Alice repeating to herself, as she ran, the words of the old song:–
   ‘The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for the crown:
The Lion beat the Unicorn all round the town.
Some gave them white bread, some gave them brown;
Some gave them plum-cake and drummed them out of town.’

‘Does–the one–that wins–get the crown?’ she asked, as well as she could, for the run was putting her quite out of breath.
‘Dear me, no!’ said the King. ‘What an idea!’
‘Would you–be good enough,’ Alice panted out, after running a little further, ‘to stop a minute–just to get–one’s breath again?’
‘I’m GOOD enough,’ the King said, ‘only I’m not strong enough. You see, a minute goes by so fearfully quick. You might as well try to stop a Bandersnatch!’
Alice had no more breath for talking, so they trotted on in silence, till they came in sight of a great crowd, in the middle of which the Lion and Unicorn were fighting. They were in such a cloud of dust, that at first Alice could not make out which was which: but she soon managed to distinguish the Unicorn by his horn.
[…]
There was a pause in the fight just then, and the Lion and the Unicorn sat down, panting, while the King called out ‘Ten minutes allowed for refreshments!’ […]
At this moment the Unicorn sauntered by them, with his hands in his pockets. ‘I had the best of it this time?’ he said to the King, just glancing at him as he passed.
‘A little–a little,’ the King replied, rather nervously. ‘You shouldn’t have run him through with your horn, you know.’
‘It didn’t hurt him,’ the Unicorn said carelessly, and he was going on, when his eye happened to fall upon Alice: he turned round rather instantly, and stood for some time looking at her with an air of the deepest disgust.
‘What–is–this?’ he said at last.
‘This is a child!’ Haigha replied eagerly, coming in front of Alice to introduce her, and spreading out both his hands towards her in an Anglo-Saxon attitude. ‘We only found it to-day. It’s as large as life, and twice as natural!’
‘I always thought they were fabulous monsters!’ said the Unicorn. ‘Is it alive?’
‘It can talk,’ said Haigha, solemnly.
The Unicorn looked dreamily at Alice, and said ‘Talk, child.’
Alice could not help her lips curling up into a smile as she began: ‘Do you know, I always thought Unicorns were fabulous monsters, too! I never saw one alive before!’
‘Well, now that we HAVE seen each other,’ said the Unicorn, ‘if you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you. Is that a bargain?’
‘Yes, if you like,’ said Alice.
[…] The Lion looked at Alice wearily. ‘Are you animal–vegetable–or mineral?’ he said, yawning at every other word.
‘It’s a fabulous monster!’ the Unicorn cried out, before Alice could reply.
[…] “

… Geen graankorrel gaven zij het te eten
maar bleven het voor mogelijk houden dat het bestond.
En dat gaf het dier zo’n kracht
dat het uit zijn voorhoofd een hoorn deed groeien. Eén hoorn.
Wit liep het naar een maagd toe –
en was in de zilveren spiegel en in haar.
(vertaling W. Leenders)

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