by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

His Mansion in the Pool
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
His Mansion in the Pool
The Frog forsakes -
He rises on a Log
And statements makes -
His Auditors two Worlds
Deducting me,
The Orator of April
Is hoarse Today -
His Mittens at his feet
No Hand [hath]1 he -
His eloquence a Bubble
As Fame should be -
Applaud him to discover
To your chagrin
Demosthenes has vanished
In [Waters]2 Green -

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Confirmed with The Poems of Emily Dickinson, ed. R.W. Franklin, Volume 3, Cambridge, MA and London, England: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998, Poem 1355.

1 In one version “has.”
2 In one published version “Forums.”


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This text was added to the website: 2014-08-28
Line count: 16
Word count: 65

Son château dans la Mare
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Son château dans la Mare
La Grenouille l'abandonne --
Elle monte sur une bûche
Et fait une déclaration --
Ses auditeurs sont de deux Mondes
À part moi --
L'Oratrice d'Avril
Est enrouée Aujourd'hui --
Ses Mitaines aux Pieds
Elle n'a pas de Main --
Son éloquence une Bulle
Comme la Renommée devrait être --
Applaudissez-la pour découvrir
Pour votre chagrin
Que Démosthène a disparu
Dans les Eaux Vertes --

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Translation of title "The frog" = "La grenouille"


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This text was added to the website: 2016-04-13
Line count: 16
Word count: 63