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Agon: The Four Subjects of Poetry

Postby annis » Mon Apr 24, 2006 3:47 pm

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, and in any case the coin is too soon spent, and on what we know not what.


This is tricky. I'll try to give my Greek version within the week.
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Postby auctor » Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:18 pm

Will,

What are suggesting? That we translate it into Greek, I assume; but, as a continuous piece of lyric or as separate verses?
Exam season is all but on us at KCL but it may be fun with which to tinker. It seems to me that swapping the order of the verses to 4, 1, 3, 2 'could' lead to a fairly sensible lyric--Sapphic even.

yours,
Paul
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Postby annis » Tue Apr 25, 2006 12:54 am

auctor wrote:What are suggesting? That we translate it into Greek, I assume; but, as a continuous piece of lyric or as separate verses?


I was thinking a prose translation of the list, actually.

But now that you mention it, verse in the didactic style might be appropriate, too.
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Postby annis » Mon May 01, 2006 1:05 am

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Postby annis » Thu May 04, 2006 1:30 am

William S. Annis — http://www.aoidoi.org/http://www.scholiastae.org/
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