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Swan song

 
先日テニスンの最期の詩を取り上げました。wikipediaの紹介のままelegyとしましたが、おなじみのイディオムもありますね。

(ウィズダム)
swan song
1 白鳥の臨終の歌声.
2 (詩人・作曲家などの)生涯最後の作品, 絶筆.

(オックスフォード)
swansong
the last piece of work produced by an artist, a musician, etc. or the last performance by an actor, athlete, etc.

- Word Origin
early 19th cent.: suggested by German Schwanengesang, a song like that fabled to be sung by a dying swan.


Softly and clearly, while the seawind blew in on them, Anne repeated the beautiful lines of Tennyson's wonderful swan song —”Crossing the Bar.” The old captain kept time gently with his sinewy hand. 

ロバートレッドフォードが俳優引退を発表しましたが、これに合わせて公開される映画についてもswan songとなっていました。



Aug 08, 2018
By Amelia Robinson, Staff Writer

HAMILTON —  Hamilton is part of a living legend’s swan song. 

Scenes for the “Old Man and The Gun,” reportedly actor Robert Redford’s last film, were filmed in Hamilton, Cincinnati and Dayton in 2017.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Redford said he is ending his six-decade career. 



今月初め怪我をしてその日の公演が中止になりヒヤヒヤさせたイアン・マッケラン。こちらは引退を表明している訳ではないですが公演中のリア王にswan songが使われています。

Duke of York’s, London
The 79-year-old star shines brightest in play’s darkest moments, in what may be his last big Shakespearean role on stage
Arifa Akbar
Thu 26 Jul 2018 23.30 BST 

A tweet pinned to Sir Ian McKellen’s Twitter account states: “King Lear again.” It is a crisp acknowledgement of his latest tenure in a title role he has performed twice before and reprised as recently as last year. This time, it comes weighted with poignancy after his suggestion that at almost 80, this may be his last big Shakespearean role on stage.

It would make for a perfect swan song if so. There is a sense of an actor putting the finest last touches to his majestic legacy: in McKellen’s incarnation as the arrogant ruler undone by age, infirmity and filial disobedience.

80歳近くになっても3時間もする演劇で主演をはるのは凄いことです。もっと見たい気もしますが同時に無理をしないで欲しいとも思います。
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