Shakespeare in Romanesco – Sonnet II

800px-Title_page_William_Shakespeare's_First_Folio_1623It is now 2016, so it is 400 years since William Shakespeare‘s death in 1616. Events to commemorate this anniversary are on their way throughout the UK and, indeed, the world. Transferre too is celebrating the work of this genius by publishing a series of exhilarating transplantations of Shakespeare’s sonnets into Romanesco by the mysterious translator Peppe ’r Tostino. Here is Sonnet II, don’t forget to enjoy the excellent audio file too.

Audio file here.
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Sonetto n. 2 di Shakespeare
in Romanesco

de Peppe ’r Tostino

Quanno gl’anni t’avranno masticato
e la bellezza tua sarà ’n cesso,
’sta ggioventù tant’ammirata adesso
sarà ’no straccio tutto sciancicato.

«’N dov’è finita la bellezza tua?…»
«’N dov’è er tesoro de i tempi tua gajardi?»
Che ja risponni? «Basta che me guardi
ne l’occhi mia e… ce vedrai la bua».

Quanto sarebbe mejo se dicessi:
«’Sto fijoletto mio sarda er conto…
basta guardallo e fate voi er raffronto».

Se la bellezza tua je la lasciassi,
diventeresti, sì, ’n po’ meno morto
e ar sanguaccio tuo sarà ’n conforto.

©Peppe ’r Tostino

Shakespeare’s Sonnet II

Original English Version


When forty winters shall beseige thy brow,
And dig deep trenches in thy beauty’s field,
Thy youth’s proud livery, so gazed on now, 
Will be a tatter’d weed, of small worth held: 
Then being ask’d where all thy beauty lies, 
Where all the treasure of thy lusty days; 
To say, within thine own deep-sunken eyes, 
Were an all-eating shame and thriftless praise.
How much more praise deserved thy beauty’s use, 
If thou couldst answer ‘This fair child of mine 
Shall sum my count and make my old excuse,’ 
Proving his beauty by succession thine!
  This were to be new made when thou art old,
  And see thy blood warm when thou feel’st it cold.

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