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    Dead Poets Society: American Poems

    I wonder how some of these poems would sound in Russian? Is anyone up to such a challenge?

    Doomsday
    by Sylvia Plath

    The idiot bird leaps out and drunken leans
    Atop the broken universal clock:
    The hour is crowed in lunatic thirteens.
    Out painted stages fall apart by scenes
    While all the actors halt in mortal shock:
    The idiot bird leaps out and drunken leans.

    Streets crack through in havoc-split ravines
    As the doomstruck city crumbles block by block:
    The hour is crowed in lunatic thirteens.

    Fractured glass flies down in smithereens;
    Our lucky relics have been put in hock:
    The idiot bird leaps out and drunken leans.

    The monkey's wrench has blasted all machines;
    We never thought to hear the holy cock:
    The hour is crowed in lunatic thirteens.

    Too late to ask if end was worth the means,
    Too late to calculate the toppling stock:
    The idiot bird leaps out and drunken leans,
    The hour is crowed in lunatic thirteens.
    Вот потому, что вы говорите то, что не думаете, и думаете то, что не думаете, вот в клетках и сидите. И вообще, весь этот горький катаклизм, который я здесь наблюдаю, и Владимир Николаевич тоже…

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    Sounds great, but it looks a bit psychedelic to me. I think I might translate it, but it takes time, because I need to collect my thoughts and select a proper form. That's a hard task. Indeed.
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    I'm impressed! The Russian translation at stixi.ru even rhymed! But can the denizens of MasterRussian do better...?
    Вот потому, что вы говорите то, что не думаете, и думаете то, что не думаете, вот в клетках и сидите. И вообще, весь этот горький катаклизм, который я здесь наблюдаю, и Владимир Николаевич тоже…

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