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    #1

    Talking Spoonerism Distich

    Mendicant



    What people freely gave into my hat,
    never reached my piggybank on the „high mat“.

    [German original:

    Was die Leute mir in den Hut gaben,
    bewirkte bei mir auch kein Guthaben.]


    Highly praiseworthy poetry community of all the English Speaking World,
    does one of you only love this my spoonerism distich of German origin?

    I, indeed, will be most appreciative if he/she would magnanimously burnish my weak English equivalent...

    Yours

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    Last edited by poetry_beak; 01-Jan-2017 at 15:58. Reason: Enhanced it

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    Re: Spoonerism Distich

    Translating a couplet from one language into another and it still rhymes is a remarkable feat.
    Last edited by Tarheel; 02-Jan-2017 at 03:56. Reason: spelling

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    #3

    Re: Spoonerism Distich

    OP, can you make it scan, too? The second line has one too many syllables.
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    #4

    Re: Spoonerism Distich

    How many is too many?

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    Re: Spoonerism Distich

    In this case, eleven. The original meter has ten syllables per line. The first line of the translation matches that, but the second has one too many.
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    Re: Spoonerism Distich

    I promised my Facebook pals a couplet every day for 2017. I did not promise them that the lines would have an equal number of syllables.

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    #7

    Re: Spoonerism Distich

    What people in my hat so gave
    Allowed me not I could go save

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    #8

    Re: Spoonerism Distich

    This definition will forgive you, grudgingly. It does say especially a pair that rhyme and are of the same length though, so watch out for the poetry patrol.
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    #9

    Re: Spoonerism Distich

    You could use ne'er instead of never.

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    #10

    Re: Spoonerism Distich

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    What people in my hat so gave
    Allowed me not I could go save
    *AVID* !!! Super..

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