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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.

Neighing Horses

I am writing Greek iambics about "neighing steeds" but my dictionaries tell me that the only Greek word for "neigh" is chremetizw, a word I am reluctant to use because it both seems unpoetic and is metrically awkward. I am trying to devise a way round this problem but have not come up with anything I am pleased with so far. Does anyone have ideas or can anyone remember any passages from the tragedians that ...
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Naming of characters

I am having a curious problem with a dialogue I am putting into iambic trimeters. The names of two characters, "Alonso" and "Almeria", when abbreviated in the conventional manner, give "AL" and "AL", entirely indistinguishable. Now the dialogue has clearly already been going on at the point at which the extract begins so I am not entirely happy writing out the full name of each character the first time they speak in my passage. Moreover, ...
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Could anyone translate this for me?

As my Latin isn't good enough to translate from Dutch to Latin, I'd like to ask you to translate something for me. It may sound a bit strange :)

'We would like to thank both our teachers (female) Latin, for helping us with our paper. Mrs. Haan, thank you for bringing the books that were very useful. Mrs. Landa, thank you for reminding us of the deadline ...
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Catullus 50 - a verse translation

Hi everyone,

What do you think of the following verse translation of Catullus 50? This was my first attempt at translating something from Latin into verse. To be honest, I really don't know that much about English verse, so this was quite a challenge for me (but a fun one, nevertheless). I tried to be as true to the original text as possible.

Licinius, on the day before today,
leisurely on my tablets did we ...
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Nursery Rhyme

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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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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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