by Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

It was evening all afternoon
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
It was evening all afternoon.
It was snowing
And it was going to snow.
The blackbirds sat
In the cedar-limbs.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title unknown, copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 5
Word count: 20

C'était le soir tout l'après‑midi
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
C'était le soir tout l'après-midi.
Il neigeait.
Et il allait neiger.
Les merles étaient posés
Sur les grosses branches des cèdres.

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This text was added to the website: 2014-02-06
Line count: 5
Word count: 21