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04:19 Jul 14, 2002
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
French term or phrase: épi levé
Je voulais le bonheur durable comme un épi levé
Je rêvais une cime pour défendre mon coeur
Contre l'appel vainqueur qui monte de l'abîme.
Pauline Lapointe
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Summary of answers provided
4 +4newly/freshly emerged shoot
jerrie
5 +2raised spikeJane Lamb-Ruiz
4 +1sprouted ear of cornRowan Morrell
4 +1I wanted happiness that is as lasting as the sky is blueHelen D. Elliot
4keystone or cornerstoneevelyn evans
4groin, spurcheungmo
4like a spike that has sproutedxxxhartran


Discussion entries: 4





  

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12 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
sprouted ear of corn


Explanation:
I think "épi" here means "ear" as in "ear of corn". "Levé" is in the sense of the plant coming up from the soil, hence sprouting.

It's something along these lines, anyway. Happy Bastille Day.

Rowan Morrell
New Zealand
Local time: 21:55
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 202
Grading comment
I don't think it translates the meaning.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  xxxhartran: Unless it is a Canadian poem or a very modern day one,a reference to corn would be unlikely.
5 hrs

agree  xxxR.J.Chadwick: Literally: "an upright ear of corn" (Where "ear" is not the new sprout, but the mature grain-bearing part of the plant, thrusting out above the rest of the plant.
21 hrs
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Comment: I don't think it translates the meaning.

5 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
like a spike that has sprouted


Explanation:
a flower spike that has a sprouted from the bulb planted in the ground.
This is a suggestion.
To show the reference to a spike has been used:
(verse from a Chilean song found on Google):
"The same verse we'll be singing,
with the same beat you'll be dancing.
Like a spike we'll be waving,
like a spike, and nothing more."

Good Luck!

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Note added at 2002-07-14 10:39:27 (GMT)
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New support I found (accidentally!) by checking Rowan\'s suggestion. A spike can also mean the upper branches of a tree (thank you thesaurus) and a cime can be a the crow/top of a tree (Larousse). So I guess I\'ll stick with spike, but NOT in the meaning of a spike that has sprouted.

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Note added at 2002-07-14 10:40:32 (GMT)
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Whoops! I meant Jerrie\'s suggestion.

xxxhartran
Local time: 11:55
PRO pts in pair: 52
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This answer is not something I can use.
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5 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +4
newly/freshly emerged shoot


Explanation:
young sapling

jerrie
United Kingdom
Local time: 10:55
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 77
Grading comment
I don't think a young sapling is that durable

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Rowan Morrell: This is quite nice.
0 min
  -> Thanks Rowan...hard to get poetic at this time on a Sunday morning

agree  Linda Young
4 hrs
  -> Thanks

agree  Sarah Ponting
5 hrs
  -> Thanks

agree  Linda Jarosiewicz
11 hrs
  -> Thanks
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Comment: I don't think a young sapling is that durable

9 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
groin, spur


Explanation:
I'm just explaining the possibilities, I personally would not use "groin", a technical term.

An "épi de faîte" is a decoration on a roof-slope or at the very top of a roof. Translates to "groin" or "hip-knob".

Alternative possibility: an épi is a metal hook at the top of a wall or fence to prevent people from climbing it. Think of the decorations on wrought-iron fencing that look like sheaves of wheat.



cheungmo
PRO pts in pair: 339
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"As durable as a hip-knob" doesn't really go with "happiness
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Comment: "As durable as a hip-knob" doesn't really go with "happiness

10 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +2
raised spike


Explanation:
I fail to see how corn sprouts can provide long lasting happiness...I think here the authors is referring to the strength of something raised in a permanent way...
I wanted happiness to last like a raised spike

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Note added at 2002-07-14 16:18:58 (GMT)
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author is referring to , sorry, gotta get to the typo before someone points it out....:)

Jane Lamb-Ruiz
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in PortuguesePortuguese
PRO pts in pair: 8576
Grading comment
Blue sky is not lasting or durable

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agree  cheungmo: There you go!
26 mins

agree  Chinoise
38 days
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Comment: Blue sky is not lasting or durable

12 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
I wanted happiness that is as lasting as the sky is blue


Explanation:
I don't think you can translate the first line literally.

An "épi levé" is not necessarily a spike or ear of corn, it is something that sticks out noticeably, like a cowlick (another definition).

Québécois d'aujourd'hui:
...2. ouvrage perpendiculaire, ramification latérale ... EN ÉPI: selon une disposition oblique.


I think what she is saying is that she wanted lasting happiness that is so noticeable that it is totally obvious to all around her.

At the same time, it would shield her from the abyss.

I must say, at first I thought it was a typo for "une épée levée."

That would make more sense--a sword raised to defend her heart.





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Note added at 2002-07-14 17:02:57 (GMT)
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Are you sure this is not a transcript and \"épi levé\" is not \"épée levée?\"

Helen D. Elliot
Canada
Local time: 05:55
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 407
Grading comment
I don't know but don't think so.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Rebecca Freed: in a similar vein: like a raised standard?
1 day8 hrs
  -> Thanks Rebecca, but in view of the poster's latest comments, I think the reference is to the the raised "head" part of plants such as wheat, barley, and the ear of corn. Not spikes though. Totally unromantic! And certainly not durable, but "lasting"
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16 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
keystone or cornerstone


Explanation:
The Robert shows many meanings for 'épi' one of which is 'épi de faitage', an architechtural ornament. this leads me to think that something like cornerstone or keystone which indicates permanence could be used in this context.

evelyn evans
Canada
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Definition sounds good but not the word
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