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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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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.

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H. P. Lovecraft


I needed something to do today to get away from serious work and I thought I'd try writing something in Greek, and since I couldn't think of anything original I thought I'd might translating something. Now this was all over my head and the main thing I learned was just how little I know, but I decided on a story by H. P. Lovecraft because there's a sort of Ancient Pagan feel to his ...
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A Pome - on Scent

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ἀνὴρ πρὸς τὸ ἐν δελφοῖς χρηστήριον ἔβη χρῄζων σοφίας διότι ὁ ἑαυτοῦ βίος χαλεπός ἦν καὶ οὐκ οἴδεν ἃ πράττειν. ὁράω μέγαν ποταμὸν, ἔφη τὸ χρηστήριον, μετὰ τὴν τελευτὴν τῆς ὁδοῦ ἣ πρὸς τῇ οἰκίᾳ σου ἔρχεται. χρὴ λούεσθαι σεαυτὸν ἐν τοῦτῳ τῷ ποταμῷ διὰ τῆν πᾶσαν ἡμέραν. τῇ ἐπειδῇ ἕῳ, ὁ ἀνὴρ ἐκ τῆς οἰκίας διὰ τὴν ὁδὸν ἔβη καὶ τὸν ποταμὸν ἐζήτει. τέλος, ἐν τῇ τελευτῇ τῆς ὁδοῦ, δύο μεγάλους ποταμοὺς ηὗρεν. ...
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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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