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Baudelaire: The Albatross (Other) by Sasha
Translated from the French "L'Albatros" of Baudelaire "Souvent pour s'amuser les hommes d'équipage Prennent des albatros..." Often the ship's crewmen catch an albatross Or two for fun, the indolent and free Companions of the ship that glides across The surface of the deep and bitter sea. Hardly have they dropped them on the planks before These captive kings, disgraced and mortified, Feel their great wings, each like a heavy oar, Dragging pathetically at either side. Oh how this wingèd voyager is weak! How ugly he who soared in grace on high! The crewmen stick a pipe into his beak Then limp to mock this cripple who could fly! The poet’s like this monarch of the clouds Who haunted storms and mocked the bows and slings; Now banished to the jeers of earthly crowds, His legs are handicapped by giant wings.

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Overall Rank: 1647
Posted: September 2, 2005 9:26 AM PDT; Last modified: September 2, 2005 9:26 AM PDT
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[10] LilMsLadyPoet @ | 2-Sep-05/10:49 AM | Reply
That is why I am a flyer of the night...the currents are not crowded then, and under the shroud of midnight-blue clouds against the blackened sky I am better felt and sensed than seen with the eye. It makes for much higher flying...besides, the breezes are so FULL then that it vibrates through you. (Lovely, lovely piece!)
[10] INTRANSIT @ | 2-Sep-05/12:22 PM | Reply
I have a chapbook of Baudelaire, Some poems from Le Fleurs Du Mal. Already translated of course. Honestly, whenever I make a comment on your poems, I feel like a dope. Completely unknowledgable. Useless. I hate that. I really do.
[8] zodiac @ | 5-Sep-05/5:54 AM | Reply
The first line-and-a-half is the best opening I've read recently.
[8] Tintagiles @ | 7-Sep-05/8:13 PM | Reply
For a translation insisting to rhyme, this is very good. One small wince is that in your version it sounds like it's only the crew of one ship that would do this, while in the original it's any old bunch of sailors.
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