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Civilization ‑ spurns ‑ the Leopard!

Language: English

Civilization - spurns - the Leopard!
Was the Leopard - bold?
Deserts - never rebuked her Satin -
Ethiop - her Gold -
Tawny - her Customs -
She was Conscious -
Spotted - her Dun Gown -
This was the Leopard’s nature - Signor -
Need - a keeper - frown?

Pity - the Pard - that left her Asia -
Memories - of Palm -
Cannot be stifled - with Narcotic -
Nor suppressed - with Balm -

Translation(s): GER

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Confirmed with The Poems of Emily Dickinson, ed. R.W. Franklin, Volume 1, Cambridge, MA and London, England: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998, Poem 276.

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Sharon Krebs) , title 1: "Die Leopardin", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2014-08-28.
Last modified: 2014-08-28 12:04:22
Line count: 13
Word count: 80

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Die Leopardin

Language: German (Deutsch) after the English

Die Zivilisation - verschmäht - die Leopardin!
War die Parderin - kühn?
Wüsten - haben nie ihren Sammet getadelt -
Ethiopien - ihr Gold -
Dunkelgelb - ihre Sitten -
Sie war selbstbewusst -
Getupft - ihr fahles Kleid -
Dies war die Natur der Leopardin - Signor -
Muß - ein Wärter - finster dreinblicken?

Habt Mitleid mit - der Leopardin - die ihr Asian verließ -
Erinnerungen - an Palmen -
Können nicht - mit Betäubungsmitteln - gedämpft werden -
Noch - mit Balsam - verdrängt

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Text added to the website: 2014-08-28.
Last modified: 2014-08-28 12:04:52
Line count: 13
Word count: 88