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translating poems into Latin

When I'm more skilled in Latin, I hope to translate poems and short stories from Dutch (my mothertongue) / English into Latin. I was wondering whether there are people around here who also translate poems from the mothertongue in Latin. Perhaps you could post your work here? One of the first poems I'd want to translate would be ''Stop all the clocks' by W.H. Auden :).
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Michelle

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Two Latin Sentences-correct?

I wanted to translate the English, "It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think thoughts that no one else has thought before."

I wrote:

Scelus scribere hoc est. Scelus cogitare cogitationes est quam nemo prius cogiterat.

Is this correct? I don't think I should have gone into an indirect statement, nor do I think the subjunctive was necessary (for the second sentence). However, I could easily be wrong ...
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Another elegiacal pursuit

This morning I woke up and read (again) Ovid's Pyramus & Thisbe. So inspired was I that I took up the quill and myself did arm with rhythm, quality vocalic, elision, and a meal to break the fast. Thus armed, I wrote..

--Tenuis Rima--

Pluuit; plorat caelum pro scelere urbi et amore
Amisso, Impleto. Lacrimat liberiter
Sanguinem lacrima mortalem ex manibus mihi tollit
Caelestis. Gladio te comitar, mea mel.



The rain in the first ...
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10 Latin sentences :)

:D This is to test my proper use of endings and such, not my ability to make great sentences. I am a beginner to Latin.

1. English- The angel gives the book to the boy.
Latin- Angelus librum ad puerum dat.

2. English- The daughter sings to the poet in the forest.
Latin- Filia poetam in silva cantat.

3. English- The crowds praise on the street. ...
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Fire and Ice (Ignis et Glacies) -- An Elegiac

This is my first effort at Latin verse comp. I am not entirely displeased with it, although I recognize at least some of its infelicities. I would be greatly interested in comments and suggestions for improvement.

Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know ...
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translatory attempt of Blake, and loosely so.

I translated a little poema. It's meant to be sung to Bruce Dickinson's version, so the rhythm varies. (the meter is 12/8, with the last beat generally a quarternote, if that makes any sense or excuse.) :D

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?

And did the Countenance Divine ...
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Derivatives

I am looking for some derivatives to Primus, Secundus, tertius, and Quartus but not the basics like I have primate and prime and secondary or tertio and tertial or quart I ahve a bunch like quart quarter quarter horse quartet but i need some more and cannot find them anyone got some help for me.
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le/wn e)/xei e)nne/a ske/lh

οὐδεῖς λεόντων ἔχει πέντε σκέλη.
εἷς δὲ λέων ἔχει τέτταρα πλείονα σκέλη ἢ οὐδεῖς.
λέων οὖν ἔχει ἐννέα σκέλη.


Corrections welcome, as always. :D
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d'amor' et cetera

De amore et oculis
Stultus dulce cecini
Casum mei spicere
Debebam amoris puri. Vae!

amor vere me invadens totam laetitiam ex anima mea rapuisse et cetera pro tenebris adoluisse sentio.



-Jon
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