I present a selection of poems in their original language of English, French or German, together with
their relevant translations, that I would like to share with other poetry lovers. I also take the
opportunity to publish some of my own modest works which I hope you will enjoy.
L'amour caché (Mon Secret)
Edna St. Vincent Millay:
Thou Art Not Lovelier Than Lilacs
L'hôtel du Clair de Lune
William Butler Yeats:
Sailing to Byzantium
The Withering of the Boughs
You can select the relevant poet from the buttons in the left hand columns or, alternatively, select
the poet by language of origin from the drop down list provided here.
In reading these translations, you may encounter poems previously unfamiliar to you that
will present new vistas upon the world. All poems are presented in English and German;
and, additionally, many have been translated from or into French. They appear first in
their original language followed by translations in the order: English, French, German.
Translations are intended mostly as parallel texts in order accurately to convey the
originals and, consequently, do not always seek to reproduce rhyme or metre whereby
distortions to the poetry could be introduced.
Some translations have been prepared as singable texts, however, where the original has
become well known as an art song. I have annotated the relevant translation accordingly; and they
can be chosen directly from the drop down list provided here.
Translations of some complete song cycles have been created as a by product of this project.
The relevant composer can be chosen directly from the drop down list provided here.
Several poems have links to YouTube which open the relevant Lieder or recitation page
on the YouTube site in a separate window (in order to obviate any copyright violation occuring
on my site). Both my site and YouTube will be visible thereby enabling the translation to be
followed whilst the Lied or Chanson is playing or the poem is being recited.
It should be noted, however, that composers do not always adhere strictly to the original text.
Enter YouTube in the search box or use the drop down list provided here.
Note that, occasionally, YouTube withdraws access to a particular video after representations
made by authorised parties. I monitor this list only sporadically in order to bring an
alternative (but I regard the artistes I have originally selected as pre-eminent).
A Note on Copyright:
My poems and all translations are copyright and may not be published commercially without
my written consent or that of the translator respectively; but non commercial circulation
amongst appreciative students and poetry societies is permitted.