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Alicia in Terra Mirabili

Postby Evertype » Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:59 pm

This follows on from this thread.

The first draft of the new edition of Clive Harcourt Carruthers' Alicia in Terra Mirabili has been typeset for proofing. It turns out that Carruthers did not translate the prefatory poem All in the golden afternoon.

I'm wondering... does anyone on this forum try his or her hand at poetry? It would be nice to include a translation of this poem in the new edition.
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Re: Alicia in Terra Mirabili

Postby adrianus » Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:11 pm

At Vergil's rate of production, that would require two weeks.
Modo Vergili scribendi, duarum hebdomadarum spatium requiratur.
I'm writing in Latin hoping for correction, and not because I'm confident in how I express myself. Latinè scribo ut ab omnibus corrigar, non quod confidenter me exprimam.
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Re: Alicia in Terra Mirabili

Postby Evertype » Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:04 pm

Are you saying you've started? :wink:
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Re: Alicia in Terra Mirabili

Postby adrianus » Sat Aug 21, 2010 3:42 am

I just respect the original translator's choice of omission.
Quod scivit Carruthers quando se tacere deberet admiror.
I'm writing in Latin hoping for correction, and not because I'm confident in how I express myself. Latinè scribo ut ab omnibus corrigar, non quod confidenter me exprimam.
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Re: Alicia in Terra Mirabili

Postby Evertype » Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:40 am

Ah. Well, I think the poem is an important part of Carroll's book and so I thought to invite people who may enjoy composing Latin verse to have a go at it.

My invitation stands! :D

At the end of the book there will be an appendix including a version of "You are old, Father William" which was written in 1937 by Hubert Digby Watson.

Compare Watson's "Pater Villus"
““Jam tibi, Ville pater,” dīxit puer, “est gravis aetās,
Cānitiē crīnēs ecce senecta tegit;
Sed capite inversō restās pedibusque levātīs,
Anne, precor, rēctō tālia mōre facis?”


With Carruthers' "Grandis es aevō, pater Gulielme"
“Grandis es atque senex, pater, aevō,” fīlius inquit,
“Crīnibus es cānīs; et caput est niveum.
Atquī stāre solēs capite īnfrā saepe reversō;
Prāvē nōnne facis, tam quia tūte senex?”
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