Welcome, poets and poetry lovers alike: today I’m excited to announce a new EIF Poetry Challenge! After the success of the previous challenge: The Sonnet, I’m really looking forward to this. I did say I probably wouldn’t be making the challenge any easier, and this is perhaps harder than the last one, (it certainly was for me) but I have some good reasons for choosing this topic.
Translating poetry from one language to another presents the poet with a unique challenge: capture the essence and meaning of the original poetry whilst creating a new poem in the target language. I’ve tried it a few times, and it’s hard. When I’m writing my own poetry, there’s a kind of creative flow that carries me along: but to get to that point with a translation, I need to understand absolutely what the original poet was saying, and the style he or she used in order to say it. This can restrict the flow of my own words. But the end result can be something new and beautiful inspired by the original work. That’s what I’m looking for from participants in this challenge.
To set the ball rolling, I’ve chosen to translate an Old English poem into modern English. Read my post on Cædmon’s Hymn for my contribution to the translation challenge!
To those of you who only speak English, please accept my apologies if you are unable to take part in this challenge. There will be more challenges which don’t call for knowledge of a second language. Please enjoy the poetry which comes out of this challenge. I am hoping to discover some wonderful new poems, as the WordPress community has allowed me to connect with talented poets from all over the world. This is why I am so excited about this particular challenge.
If you wish to enter, simply write a blog post translating a poem from any language other than English, into English. You can post the link to your translation in the comments below, or email me your entry at Experimentsinfiction@protonmail.com. Don’t forget to tell me a bit about the original poem such as who it is by and which language it was composed in. The results will be announced same time next week, and you have until midnight CET on 27.07.20 to enter. I look forward to receiving your entries!