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This board is a composition workshop, like a writers' workshop: post your work with questions about style or vocabulary, comment on other people's work, post composition challenges on some topic or form, or just dazzle us with your inventive use of galliambics.

miserem me!

I've decided to give up on classical poetry (or any thought of it) until I can have an actual person read it to me (e.g. a teacher :D ). Anyway, this sounds like and feels like Cattus Petasatus (which takes example from medieval stuff like Stabat Mater, etc.) I make no pretense of this carmen being well-rythmed or composed, or even of it being truly mediaeval. ...
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Agon: The Four Subjects of Poetry

This has been making the blog rounds, and is getting translated into various languages:

William Matthews' Four Subjects of Poetry

1. I went out into the woods today, and it made me feel, you know, sort of religious.
2. We're not getting any younger.
3. It sure is cold and lonely (a) without you, honey, or (b) with you, honey.
4. Sadness seems but the other side of the coin of happiness, and vice versa, ...
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denuo ex mente

some more litterae to think about/mock me for. :D

ambulans animam ex corpore cerno – uersine oculi eius mihi? Deus me iuuet, adeo defluxi ut animae meae hodie non uiderem iohannem esse. lupi me opperiuntur cum fugiens urbe mea discedo. uae! dentes lupini proditionis casum meum gignunt. iam senatores caros iterum uidebo. Deus me iuuit.

any comments/criticisms? (any would be welcomed) It kinda ties in with ...
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Greek Rhythm

I am having trouble making sense of rhythm. The whole rhythm thing is confusing. How do you decide what the rhythm of a word is? I was looking at some of the words from the little lexicon at the back of Mounce (good ole Mounce) and this is what I came up with:
u -- u

u u --

u u -- u

-- u u

u u-- --

Now, ...
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Latin Composition on Gordian III

Hi...I am trying to write a few paragraphs on the regnal history of Gordian III in Latin. I thought I would post the first paragraph of what I've done here and see just how atrocious my Latin really is. :) If anyone can offer any advice or suggestions, they would be extremely appreciated. If some of the sentences read strangely, it's because most of the Latin of ...
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Quote Translation

Hello All,

I need a little help translating this quote into Latin:

"Each for the other and all for God."

Thanks for your help!

Tim McCoy
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Book Dedication (Latin Elegiac Couplet)

I would like to write a short book dedication in a Latin elegiac couplet. I have given it a go as follows:

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hunc libellum dono meum illae quae amica diu iam
    optima nobis est, quae mihi semper erit.

"I dedicate this little book of mine to the one who has been my best friend all along, who will always be to me."

Sadly I am aware of a couple of problems. First there ...
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Appiusque Draco et Sulla

I've never written anything sizable in Latin before, other than a few silly sentences scrabled together but I have written my first sizable paragraph after 3 years of Latin and was wondering if anyone had any comments or corrections they might provide be able to provide me with. I'd just ask my Latin teacher but who wants to look like the suck up? :-P

Pugnato proelio in ...
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Greek elegaic

Qaumata R(wmaiwn mala xairwn au)tik e)soyei
barbara kai gnwsh? r(hmata kai a)stea
biblion ou)n labe nu=n xarien lepton panu kalon
h(mwn ou)k a)mnhmwn, Li/nh e)mh filih

For a departing friend.

I am not sure about the asyndeton in line 3, or whether those adjectives are really suitable for a book.
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Chaou, metaphorically, of course.

here's another attempt to write as much latin as I could without translating it from english. I'm not sure exactly how elegant or, indeed, how intellegible it be. Any help, comments, criticism, etc. would be greatly appreciated.

urbs igne et lentitudinis et suicontemptus turpissimi deflagrat ad quam aspicio. senatores a turba effugiunt quae, diuitas gloriam atque uitam ab illis accipiens, magna cum ira palpitat, a turba quae capillos euellunt et ficus leuat, a turba cuius ...
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