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Experimental Poetry 13
This idea of this experimental poem is to use repeated translation to introduce surprise, humor, and randomness into your poetry.
The idea is simple. First, enter a poem in whatever language you want to start with, say English. Next, translate from English to another language, say Spanish, Chinese, anything really. I will be general and call the next language "A". Next, translate from language A to language B, from B to C, and so on. For illustration, say we stop at C. For the last step, translate from C back to English. The result is your poem.
To illustrate this idea, I use The Road Not Taken, by Frost.
I used Google Translate to translate from English to German, then German to Sesotho, and then Sesotho back to English:
Two roads run through the jungle, And unfortunately I couldn't go both And be a traveler, as long as I'm standing And I looked down as I could There, where it was bent over a low tree; One regards it as just, And maybe you have a better case Because what it was and wanted to wear; But for that matter, it's over Is he really dressed like that? And they were both the same this morning In Laub, no action had taken Schwarz. Oh, I saved the first one for another day! But to know the way, I wondered if I would ever return. I will say it with a sigh Therefore, everywhere in old age and age: Two lanes run through the forest and I- I walked a little, And that made the difference.
Next, I translated from English to Chinese, from Chinese to Portuguese, and from Portuguese back to English:
The two roads are divided into the yellow wood, Sorry, I can't travel at the same time. A traveler, I've been stationary for a long time. And look down as far as possible I can Where it bends in the bushes; And then take the other, just as fair, Maybe there's a better request. Because it was grass and wanted to use; Although to pass there Wearing them really the same, and two mornings how to lie There was not a step in the leaves that had been black. Oh, I left my first day! However, knowing how to lead the way, I doubt I should come back. I'm going to sigh. Somewhere age and age like this: The two roads divided into the forest, and I I take a trip less, made a difference.
Because the translations are not perfect, you can get some very interesting results, especially the more you translate. Please credit Statisticool.com if you use this idea.
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