Saiom Shriver

Gold Star - 21,196 Points (Ohio)

Interpreting Scripture - Poem by Saiom Shriver

Who among us all knows Aramaic,
Greek, Latin, Hebrew, middle English, Sanskrit,
Which among us is equipped to interpret
Holy Script?


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Sanskrit, the mother of all Indo-European languages,
has been described by William Jones, British judge in occupied
19th Century India, as 'more perfect than Latin, more copious than Greek, and
more exquisitely refined than either'. Sanskrit has
8 conjucations and 8 declensions. It is the only language whose syllables as
written match the vibrational pattern of the characters when sounded.

Even famed linguists such as Senator Hayakawa of California and
William Safire, deceased conservative of the NY Times, did not know Sanskrit.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Poem Edited: Wednesday, August 8, 2012


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