[Video] William Blake's "Garden of Love" in Multiple Languages?
Thread poster: Bryan Crumpler

Bryan Crumpler  Identity Verified
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Apr 24, 2012

Does anyone know where to find published, credible translations (sanctioned perhaps) of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience, perhaps online or otherwise?

I've done a music video on Blake's work "The Garden of Love", which incorporates some complex transformations of the text for musical purposes, and I would like to reference the publications / translations where possible.

The video is here:

http://youtu.be/de16B7ZAle0

I know his work has been translated / analyzed in 29 languages, but I don't know where to find them because I don't know where to start looking in languages I don't know.

All I have found so far are translations in French, German, Spanish and Portuguese

http://bryantmcgill.com/wiki/poetry/william_blake/the_garden_of_love

Are there any published in any other languages?


 

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Japanese Translation of "The Garden of Love" Apr 25, 2012

Hello.

I've found the Japanese translation: http://blog.hix05.com/blog/2007/10/post_423.html

Thank you very much for sharing a beautiful music as well as poem. I like both of them!


 

missdutch  Identity Verified
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Italian Translation Apr 25, 2012

I've found two Italian versions, but I'm sending you the best one; shame I can't find the name of the translator!

http://www.poesieracconti.it/poesie/a/william-blake/il-giardino-damore

Just in case someone else is interested:

Il Giardino d'Amore

Nel Giardino D'amore un giorno entrai
e vidi cosa mai veduta prima:
una Cappella eretta proprio al centro
del prato ove ero solito giocare.

Essa aveva cancelli ben sprangati,
"Tu non devi" era scritto sulla soglia;
io al Giardino d'Amore mi rivolsi,
che tanti fiori aveva generato;

e lo vidi di tombe tutto ingombro,
e al posto dei fiori v'eran lapidi;
e Preti neri intorno ad imbrogliare
tra spini i miei piaceri e desideri.

I agree with Minako: beautiful music and a great musician!


 

Bryan Crumpler  Identity Verified
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Awesome... Apr 25, 2012

Thanks, Mianko, for the Japanese and the compliment!

missdutch wrote:

I've found two Italian versions, but I'm sending you the best one;



And thanks, missdutch, for doing the weeding out for me!

I wouldn't have had any clue, which is why I was looking for something already sanctioned or published in some anthology.

The composer is Jacob ter Veldhuis btw, a Dutch composer from Groningen. He has a lot of interesting creations to his credit.

Checking Gutnish off the list too.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_Gutnish


 

missdutch  Identity Verified
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In Russian Apr 26, 2012

There are several Russian translations; I chose this one:

http://l-t-s.chat.ru/009.htm

I'll be looking for a Dutch translation too;-)

Keep playing and posting your videos!


 

Bryan Crumpler  Identity Verified
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Already have Dutch Apr 27, 2012

missdutch wrote:
I'll be looking for a Dutch translation too;-)


Posted a Dutch one yesterday, but thanks!


 

Johanna Timm, PhD  Identity Verified
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Croatian Apr 27, 2012

Vrt ljubavi

Ušetah u ljubavi vrt
Gdje neviđen prizor me svali;
Kapela na tratini, gle
Tu igrah se ko dječak mali.
Kapela, a kračun je krut
I "Nećeš" na vratima plijeni;
Te krenuh u ljubavi vrt
Gdje dražest se cvijeća šareni.
Grumenje grobova vri
Grobišta namjesto cvijeća
Crni talari ko mrski stražari
Trnjem mi krve želje — veselje.

http://www.forum.hr/archive/index.php/t-70181-p-2.html


 

Johanna Timm, PhD  Identity Verified
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Polish Apr 27, 2012

Ogród miłości

Do ogrodu miłości wstąpiłem,
Nie poznałem go- aż tak się zmienił,
Kaplica w nim stała na środku
Gdziem niegdyś się bawił w zielni.

Kaplicę zamknięto na głucho
Ktoś "Nie będziesz..." wypisał nad drzwiami
Więc udałem się do ogrodu,
Co cieszył tyloma kwiatami

Zobaczyłem, że pełno w nim grobów,
Szare płuty w nim były, nie kwiaty
W czerni snuli się mnisi, przechodzili wciąż cisi
Wiążąc cierniem bez litości moje żądze i radości

Translated by Krzysztof Puławski

http://www.scribd.com/doc/44863648/Wiersze-Wiliiam-Blake


 

Bryan Crumpler  Identity Verified
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Thanks Johanna Apr 30, 2012

This is all great.

My friend in Samobor says the Croatian rendering sounds just like 18th century Croatian. Much appreciative of the find!


 


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