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August 11, 2008


Does anybody know which film he was watching?

Dante Gabriel Rossetti's translation, while more free, is better:

Nay, never ask this week, fair lord,
Where they are gone, nor yet this year,
Save with thus much for an overword,—
But where are the snows of yester-year?

You're right, George. I did my translation very rapidly, conveyed the sense and managed a few rhymes. But mine isn't a "real" translation. My esteem for "real" translations is boundless.

In Catch-22, Yossarian keeps repeating "Where are the Snowdens of yesteryear?", in reference to the airman whose death is one of the central incidents in the book. Now, thirty years later, I finally get the allusion. Another reason why I should have learned French.

What was the movie? I haven't seen it in a long time, but my hunch is "Hiroshima Mon Amour." Or a Godard movie? What was playing in art cinemas in New York in 1962?

yes. 10x for thoughts ))

Would love to find video clip of just this ending scene, can anyone locate it online yet...?

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