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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.

Song translations

These are a couple of stanzas from Joanna Newsom, a singer-songwriter. She's by far my favourite lyricist at the moment.

Whose is the hand that I will hold?
Whose is the face I will see?
Whose is the name that I will call,
when I am called to meet thee?

Cuius manus est quam tenebo?
cuius os quod videbo?
cuius nomen est quod vocebo,
cum vocata congredi ero cum te?

Stand here and name
the ...
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"Don't Talk to Me, or I'll Kill Myself with a Brick"

Hey All,

A friend of mine wanted this translated into Latin for some reason I have yet to ascertain. Anyway, it's been a while since I've read any Latin, nevermind composed, so I'd appreciate some help. My first idea was to use ne + present subjunctive for the negative command and ne + present subjunctive for the monitory part. This was my best shot, but it doesn't really look or feel like Latin to me: ...
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A Wendell Berry quote

Praise ignorance, for what man has not encountered, he has not destroyed.

So far I have:

ευλογει αγνωσιαν, ὅ γαρ ανθρωπος ουχ ευρηκεν, ὅ ουκ απολωλεν.

I am struggling with the relative pronouns. Is it OK to use a relative twice (as I did) without a referent when its generic? Please excuse the lack of accents. ;-)
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Churchill Challenge, if you dare...

"In this crisis I think I may be pardoned if I do not address the House at
any length today, and I hope that any of my friends and colleagues or
former colleagues who are affected by the political reconstruction will
make all allowances for any lack of ceremony with which it has been
necessary to act.

I say to the House as I said to ministers who have joined this
government, I have nothing ...
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Quaedam nova discipula cum in nostram universitatem pervenisset, hedera ubique in muris visa exclamavit, "Plus est hic hederae quam in tota Hederae Societate!" Ad hoc ego respondere volebam, "Quanto meliores sumus illis, tanto plus hederae opus est!" Tacui, sed fabulam in hoc foro narrare institui, ut vos, sodales, Latinitatem meam emendetis; quod si facietis maximas vobis gratias habebo.

EDIT: changed quo and eo to quanto and tanto.
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eum & eam - just a little history please.

I am looking for the root of 'eam' & 'eum' which I have run across in my reading. I have figured out the meaning of the words but I can't find where they come from or anything aout them. Any info would be much appreciated.
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Need Help with Latin Vacation Bible School Speech

Salvēte omnes,

I'm the self-taught Latin teacher who joined recently and was helped with the Latin letter home to parents (audio CD project).

This coming Saturday, June 6, the church of which I'm a member will be having a Vacation Bible School with the theme "Rome: Paul and the Underground Church". I'm playing the role of a Senator Atticus who sets free one of his slaves, Tullius. I have agreed to say part of my ...
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Possim Rusticum Si... (You Might Be a Redneck If...)

I was thinking about how to teach/reteach potential subjunctive over the weekend, and suddenly remembered back when I was a big Jeff Foxworthy fan. So I thought I'd start up a Roman-themed "Redneck Joke" thread. This should yield up some good things- after all, Romans had the same sort of attitude towards "provincials" that some Americans do.

So for starters,

Si decem fractas aurigas in trocleis in tua area habeas, possis rusticum.

Si tria repudia ...
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Help with Letter Home to Parents of Latin Students

Salvete, amici!

I'm a self-taught Latin teacher at a charter school. Am still learning the basics and could use some help polishing a short Latin composition. (Most of my writing practice has only involved short sentences, and mostly Latin to English, not English to Latin.) The composition is a letter home to parents of my K-4th grade students about using some selections from the audio CD Carmina Popularia, to be in Latin on one side ...
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Sidgewick's Greek Prose Composition Passage

I am a first year Classics undergraduate, and am struggling with prose composition. I would really value some feedback on my practice as I have no idea of knowing just how appalling it is and I'm not sure what I'm getting wrong. Really sorry to post such basic stuff, but any guidance would really be valued. I've started with passage II from Sidgewick's Greek Prose Composition.

"ὀ Τιτυσ εὔδοξοσ θηρεύτησ οἰκομένοσ ἔν τῃ τῶν ...
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