"Yet the poet, if he is a poet, does not describe the mere appearance of sky and earth. The poet calls, in the sights of the sky, that which in its very self-disclosure causes the appearance of that which conceals itself, and indeed as that which conceals itself. In the familiar appearances, the poet calls the alien as that to which the invisible imparts itself in order to remain what it is-unknown. The poet makes poetry only when he takes the measure, by saying the sights of heaven in such a way that he submits to its appearances as to the alien element to which the unknown god has "yielded.""
sair, eger ki bir sairse, gokyuzunun ve yeryuzunun gorunusunu tasvir etmez sadece. sairin gokyuzunun goruntusunde aradigi, kendi sahsinin kendine kapalililiginda kendini gizleyenin gorunmesidir. asina gorunuslerde, bilinmez kalmak icin gorunmez olanin kendini aciga vurdugu yabanci olani arar sair. sair ancak olcuyu eline aldigi zaman siir yapar, cennetin goruntulerini oyle bir soyler ki onun gorunuslerine teslim olur, bilinmeyen tanrinin yabanci olana teslim olusundaki gibi.
zor adam vesselam.
taking measure, measuring out is in this sense applying onto the unfamiliar the familiar language.
then how does poetry, dwelling and measuring come together?
"That measure is the godhead against which man measures himself."
Yes, because we receive an intimation about how poetry is to be thought of: namely, it is to be conceived as a distinctive kind of measuring. No, because poetry, as the gauging of that strange measure, becomes ever more mysterious. And so it must doubtless remain, if we are really prepared to make our stay in the domain of poetry's being.
In this sense, by the use of something known-measuring rods and their number-something unknown is stepped off and thus made known, and so is confined within a quantity and order which can always be determined at a glance. Such measuring can vary with the type of apparatus employed. But who will guarantee that this customary kind of measuring, merely because it is common, touches the nature of measuring? When we hear of measure, we immediately think of number and imagine the two, measure and number, as quantitative. But the nature of measure is no more a quantum than is the nature of number. True, we can reckon with numbers-but not with the nature of number.
"Man measures himself against the godhead." The godhead is the "measure" with which man measures out his dwelling, his stay on the earth beneath the sky. Only insofar as man takes the measure of his dwelling in this way is he able to be commensurately with his nature. Man's dwelling depends on an upward-looking measure-taking of the dimension, in which the sky belongs just as much as the earth. This measure-taking not only takes the measure of the earth, ge, and accordingly it is no mere geo-metry. Just as little does it
ever take the measure of heaven, ourauos, for itself. Measuretaking is no science. Measure-taking gauges the between, which brings the two, heaven and earth, to one another. This measuretaking has its own metron, and thus its own metric.
Making is, in Greek, poiesis. And man's dwelling is supposed to be poetry and poetic?