Special Rhyme List:
Vin du solitaire (original French)
More English translations:
Wine Of The Solitary Man (1931 Shanks)
S. H. Bass also contributes
original poetry to vintagewinepoems.com
verse by S.H. Bass . . .” is the translator's credit line
that accompany seven (7) poems that are posted here at vintagewinepoems.com.
I struggled to choose poems for this site (and the anthology, Bottled
Poetry: Verses from the Vine),
the public domain translations (if any) that I discovered, I found
lacking in some respect or another. Frustrated, I thought “I
could do a better job myself” – and so I did!
There is an
established tradition for poets using other's and/or verbatim
translations to transmute foreign language poems into English
- S. H. Bass
more Charles Baudelaire
Les fluers du mal (The Flowers
Hymn To Beauty * A/V
The Soul Of Wine
The Wine Of Lovers * A/V
Wine of the Murderer *
The Wine of the Rag-Pickers
Be Drunk* A/V
Thyrsus: To Franz Liszt
* multiple Englsh translations
Wine Of The Solitary
Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet
verse by S.H. Bass (b. 1956), American writer/poet
beckoning glance of a maiden unknown:
undulating ray like that of the moon
traverses the waters of a secluded lagoon
she bathes her beauty – and now not alone . . .
gambler's last bet, held like a prayer . . .
lust-filled kiss stole in a harlot's lair . . .
haunting tune that wheedles and cajoles
impassioned cry buried deep in our souls . . .
these, O bottle, pale in their worth
the balms you bear, dark and deep,
the pious poet's heart to steep.
pour out hope, youth, and healing sleep –
well as Pride (the poor man's only treasure)
which, like gods, do our triumphs we measure!
from Bottled Poetry: Verses From The
Vine, edited by Stephen H. Bass (Robinsonville, MS: Spilt
Wine Publishing Co. 2013). English translation
copyright ©2013 Stephen H. Bass. All rights reserved.
Posted at vintagewinepoems.com with the permission of Stephen H. Bass.
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE at AMAZON
Les Fluers du Mal (The Flowers of Evil)
by Charles Baudelaire
Richard Howard (trans.)
French and English.