Wordsworth in translation

During the idle hours of the COVID-19 lockdown, it’s been a joy to revisit the work of Wordsworth, whose birthday was just last week! Amidst the uncertainty and chaos hanging in the air, I found much security and peace in this small project of translating Wordsworth’s Lines Written in Early Spring into Spanish. With the warm embrace of an April sun overhead, the symphony of birdsong all around, and pen and paper to hand, I felt exactly the drifting, tranquil mood which Wordsworth represents in this timeless poem.

It’s very much my first foray into this sort of area, but hopefully the first of many! Metrically speaking, I settled for eneasílabo anfibráquico in the end as an approximation for Wordsworth’s iambic simplicity, but I would like to attempt writing a romance in the future. The process seemed to me a lovely way to engage with the poetry and keep my Spanish somewhat active; perhaps I’ll make it a pre-university hobby…

Anyhow, what I put together can be found below. I sincerely welcome criticism and/or thoughts from any Hispanists who might be reading!

Versos primaverales


Tumbado en un bosquecillo,

mil notas mezcladas oía,

de ese humor tan tranquilo

que cierta tristeza traía.


De pronto, sentí que mi alma

fue parte del bello entorno;

y mucho dolor me causaron

los actos del hombre al otro.


Las prímulas escondieron

coronas azules y verdes,

y yo creo profundamente

que gozan de respiraciones.


Saltaban las aves cercanas,

sintiendo no sé qué emociones:—

aunque sus movimientos

a mí parecieron felices.


Ramitas se extendieron,

tratando de coger la brisa;

te digo ya rotundamente

que ¡hubo ahí alegría!


Si la Madre Naturaleza

pensó crear tal alegría,

tenemos que ir lamentando

la gran fechoría humana.


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