Jonathan ROBIN

Freshman - 746 Points (22 September / London)

Translation Of Ancient Epigrams - Poem by Jonathan ROBIN

From Latin, Greek, to English presses,
‘tis rare that e’er the pith impresses.
Th’original oft effervesces
with sparkle, spite, delight, mistresses,
Spartan prowess, Roman fortresses,
maids like Mycilla, bought braids, tresses.
Who, living, the true jest possesses,
is past: - and all the rest is guesses.
Most amateur attempts are messes,
betray the sense, so each depresses.
Stray copies seldom seem successes,
translation tritely turned distresses,
and everybody who professes
ability thereat the less is!


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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 13, 2006

Poem Edited: Saturday, October 16, 2010


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