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French to English Question

can anyone translate this for me?
as I am clueless

Les grands vents venus d'outremer
Passent par la Ville, l'hiver
Comme des etrangers (s/h a ' over the e) amers

Ils se concertent, graves et pales
(s/h a ' over the a)
Sur les places et leurs sandales
Ensablent le marbre des dalles

Comme des crosses a
(s/h a ' over it) leurs mains fortes
Ils heurtent l'auvent et la porte
Derriere qui l'horloge est morte

Et les adolescents amers
S'en vont avec eux vers la Mer!

                                                        Henri de Rignier

this is he best I could get from
online translators, which  weren't so very helpful

The high winds come from overseas
Pass by the City, the winter
Like bitter foreigners

They act in concert, serious and blades
On the places and their
Ensablent (silted-uo???) sandals the marble of the flagstones

most online translators had no idea what ensablent meant but one said silted-up so
I now imagine this to mean: their sandals silted-up the marble (of the) flagstones

As sticks has their strong hands
Like sticks in their strong hands???
They run up against the hood and the door
Behind which the clock died

And bitter teenagers
From go away with them towards the sea!



May. 15th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
this is kind of hard to translate because régnier was a symbolist poet and his work is mostly a play on words so a lot get lost in translation. ensablent does indeed mean "silt up" and whatever an online translator gives you is about as good as you're going to get, i think.
May. 20th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
thank you, that he was a symbolists poet makes sense because this was at the beginning of a book that dealt in great part with a symbolist painter (fictional I think but I should research it) and that movement. I think with the couple of translations I've gotten, it makes some sense to me, at least in how it relates to the book. I knew even if no one else replied, you would.

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