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No certainly not a limerick. I would like to get the translation of this. I'm not sure english would get all the imagery. This is very dark.

There is a lot to this poem.

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get the the translation of this

Try this; the site has some translations into other languages and commentary. Celan was one of the great 20th century poets. He was a German-speaking Romanian Jew.


Ceci n'est pas un seing.
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And in the spirit of the day:


THE LAKE ISLE OF INNISFREE

by William Butler Yeats


I WILL arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made;
Nine bean rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements gray,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.

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By Broad Potomac's Shore

by: Walt Whitman (1819-1892)




By broad Potomac's shore, again old tongue,
(Still uttering, still ejaculating, canst never cease this babble?)
Again old heart so gay, again to you, your sense, the full flush
spring returning,
Again the freshness and the odors, again Virginia's summer sky,
pellucid blue and silver,
Again the forenoon purple of the hills,
Again the deathless grass, so noiseless soft and green,
Again the blood-red roses blooming.

Perfume this book of mine O blood-red roses!
Lave subtly with your waters every line Potomac!
Give me of you O spring, before I close, to put between its pages!
O forenoon purple of the hills, before I close, of you!
O deathless grass, of you!

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By Broad Potomac's Shore

I have always loved how Whitman gave up strict meter and rhyme and went for something else in his poetry. His Leaves of Grass was roundly attacked by the supposed guardians of poetry and morality of the day. This shortly before our great social experiment, the Civil War.


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Evergreen Yeats. Thanks for posting the lake. I can never read it too many times. He writes magic.
Nice poem Kah. Lucky wife. Lucky you.
ETA: I wonder why nine bean rows.

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In the limerick, above the rhyming of lines 3 and 4 does not fit in with the scheme of lines 1, 2, and 5.

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Hence the title An Anti-Limerick.

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Be 'anti', but be consistent.

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I think there's a dual element in the "anti-" of the title. Not just "opposed to" but also "the opposite of," as in "antipode." By superficially preserving the limerick structure but totally ignoring the 1-2-5 rhyming requirement, I think the Anti-Limerick meets both definitions, and does so very well. I like it (although I disagree with the man.)


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