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

A prompt ‑ executive Bird is the Jay
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
A prompt - executive Bird is the Jay -
Bold as a Bailiff’s Hymn -
Brittle and Brief in quality -
Warrant in every line -

Sitting a Bough like a Brigadier
Confident and straight -
Much is the mien of him in March
As a Magistrate -

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with The Poems of Emily Dickinson, ed. R.W. Franklin, Volume 2, Cambridge, MA and London, England: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998, Poem 1022 (Version C).


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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Sharon Krebs) , "Der Häher", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2014-08-28
Line count: 8
Word count: 48

Le Geai est un oiseau prompt ‑‑ directif
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Le Geai est un oiseau prompt -- directif --
Effronté comme un Hymne d'Huissier --
Cassant et Bref sont ses qualités --
Mandaté de tous côtés --

Posé sur une Branche comme un Brigadier
Assuré et direct --
Il a bel aspect en Mars
Comme un Magistrat --

About the headline (FAQ)

Translation of title "The jay" = "Le geai"


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This text was added to the website: 2017-09-12
Line count: 8
Word count: 41