Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Education of Rainwater...

William Carlos Williams' poem 'The Red Wheelbarrow' (1923) is one of the simplest and most beautiful in the language.

so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens

Because I'm really bored and fed up with reading about elections, I decided to run it through an online translation service, translating it into another language, back into English, into a different language, and so forth. I ran it through Italian, German, Japanese, Russian, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, Mexican Spanish, Finnish, and finally French. After running a very simple poem through ten different languages, you end up with the following: 

'The Broken Wheelbarrow (with apologies to William Carlos Williams)'
by A Doubtful Egg and an online translation service

The owners
kjøretøyhjul gjeldt
red that had
to enter
the education of rainwater
of flisingiin
the rather white chicken
declares to half
in the
detail

2 comments:

jams o donnell said...

Thanks for this I had not heard of Williams before

A Doubtful Egg said...

Just amusing myself, Jams!