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Free Verse: Translation Of Paul Verlaine's Vers Libres

(Yet another possible translation of Paul Verlaine’s « Vers Libres » by T. Wignesan, though I prefer in my translations not to derange the visual structure and syntactical and linear layout – with some exceptions - of the poem)


I admire the ambition Free Verse invokes
And me, what do I do at the moment
My attempts to derange the equilibrium evokes
The number of syllables only by two rhythms rent

It’s true I count myself among these syllable counters
And rimers, a sin for which I well know
How sorely it drags and how heavily it clutters
Yet something intrinsic to our French art’s glow.

Otherwise it remains submerged in poetry,
Since the language is oblivious to accent.
What can you do there? And wild fantasy
Here loses its rights: riming is of the moment.

That Free Verse’s ambition haunts
Youthful brains venturing to take risks!
Such passion for a dear illusion daunts
One cannot but smile at alienating mistakes.

Frisky foals which go gamboling over the green
Manifesting their sincere nature dear!
Insane they might be but at their age - supreme,
Truely fetching, Free Verse tempts us here!

Submitted: Saturday, August 31, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, September 03, 2013


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© T. Wignesan – Paris,2013

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  • T Wignesan (9/4/2013 2:23:00 AM)

    Bonjour! Sandra! Of course, it's the music in you. Poets tap into this current that's out there vibrating all the time: the Big-Bang particles still coursing through us all - all the time. Feel floored by your kudos! Not used to such praise. Guess I have to take a pill or something! Thanks ever so much for taking the trouble to call... Every good wish. Wignesan

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  • Sandra Feldman (9/4/2013 12:15:00 AM)

    There is something about rhyme
    That makes my heart climb
    Is it the music in me?
    Or is it the sound of the Sea
    That tells me that I'm Free
    Don't get me wrong, this is a great translation, a difficult on, must read many times. Poetry is the most difficult thing to translate especially, from a latin language to and anglo saxon one. You are very talented, S

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