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http://postcardlanguage.com/babelfish1.jpgSo…time to get on with it and have some fun.

As usual, what we have here is a reasonably well known poem translated from English to a randomly selected language via Babelfish, then back again.

This time it’s translated into Russian and back, but it shouldn’t take all of the Brothers Karamazov to figure out. As usual, the first person to answer correctly wins a fabulous set of nothing:

Shafts

I think never that I will not see
poem likable as shaft.

Shaft of companies of which hungry prest
against the sweet of earth’ breast s passing;

Shaft which looks god entire day,
I raise its leafy handles in order to pray;

Shaft which can in the wear of the summer
Of gnezdy of robins in its hair;

To whose snow of bosom it lay;
Who tightly lives with the rain.

Poems are made by fools as I,
but only god can make a shaft.

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2 thoughts on “Even more fun with Babelfish

  1. A shaft?? There is something disturbingly stern and raw about a people that would see a tree and call it a “shaft”. Joyce Kilmer is rolling her eyes in that netherworld of allegory where poets go when they die.
    The poem is Trees, and it bears repeating in its original glory:
    (Yes, I looked it up because I don’t know it by heart.)

    I think that I shall never see
    A poem lovely as a tree.
    A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
    Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;
    A tree that looks at God all day,
    And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
    A tree that may in summer wear
    A nest of robins in her hair;
    Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
    Who intimately lives with rain.
    Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree.

    … and what the heck is a “gnezdy”? Is that supposed to be English?

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