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Poems Found in Translation · 1d ago

Johann Gaetner: Lullaby (From Latin)

LullabyJohann GaetnerTranslated by A.Z. ForemanSleep son, go to sleep. Some people sayThat life is beautiful. They don't know either way. Sleep son, go to sleep.A day shall come When you wil...
Poems Found in Translation · 2d ago

John Milton: Canzon (From Italian)

CanzonJohn MiltonTranslated by A.Z. ForemanIn love, young men and ladies crowd and sharea laugh at me "Why write this? Whywrite in a strange tongue we know not, and strainyourself in verse o...
Poems Found in Translation · 2d ago

Johann Gaertner: At An Academic Conference (From Latin)

At an Academic ConferenceJohann Gaertner (1912-1996)Translated by A.Z. ForemanHe talks and he talks, that famous geezer,A verbose and vapid crowd-displeaser.Behold the man who, in a fewFleet...
Poems Found in Translation · 2d ago

Notker Balbulus: Heavenladder (Latin)

To wrench a phrase from Pushkin: what splendid poetry, and what disgusting theology.HeavenladderNotker Balbulus (9th Cent)Translated by A.Z. ForemanA ladder rising up to heaven  with bane al...
Poems Found in Translation · 4d ago

Dante Alighieri: Inferno 1 (From Italian)

Inferno 1By Dante AlighieriTranslated by A.Z. Foreman   Midway through our life's journey I came roundwithin a darkwood, having gone astray from the right pathway to the Other ground.   Oh w...
Poems Found in Translation · 1W ago

Dante Alighieri: Purgatorio 26 (From Italian)

Purgatorio 26Dante AlighieriTranslated by A.Z. ForemanIt is around 4 or 5 o'clock in the afternoon, and the sun is on its way down in the west on Dante's right hand side. Dante, Virgil and S...
Poems Found in Translation · 1W ago

Dante Alighieri: Purgatorio 1 (From Italian)

             .....e nos podrèm entendre             Facilament, qu'es mon parlar roman             Parier coma lo tieu, e de comprendre             Ton òc ò lo francés amé mon sì            ...
Poems Found in Translation · 1W ago

T.H. Parry Williams: This (From Welsh)

ThisBy T.H. Parry WilliamsTranslated by A.Z. ForemanWhy give a toss about Wales? It's sheer fluke that I gotBorn in her boundaries. On a map she is notMore than a scrap of earth in a backend...
Poems Found in Translation · 2W ago

Gaucelm Faidit: Lament for King Richard Lionheart (From Occitan)

This lament for King Ricartz Còr de Leó, known in English as Richard Lionheart, was composed in 1199 when Ricartz died of an infected wound during an incident involving a crossbow, a pissed-...
Poems Found in Translation · 2W ago

Ory Bernstein: Abraham Turned Human (From Hebrew)

Abraham Turned HumanBy Ory BernsteinTranslated by A.Z. Foreman She didn't promise me anything else,Didn't tempt me with a thing or try. Not when I went out ahead of the armyand not when the ...