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Source of the translations in Stoppard's 'The Invention of Love'
Posted by: ALN (---.gsi.gov.uk)
Date: July 18, 2003 05:50AM

I've been rereading 'The Invention of Love' and I was wondering whether anyone knew where Stoppard got the translations of Catullus, Horace etc that he quotes in the play. Are they Housman's own translations, or Stoppard's? The only one that I can find in my so-called complete Housman is the version of 'Diffugere Nives' which Stoppard quotes from.

In particular I was wondering about the version of 'Vivamus, mea Lesbia', which Stoppard gives as 'Give me a thousand kisses, and then a hundred more/ And then another hundred, and add five score'; and Horace 'Odes' IV i for which he gives a prose translation 'But why, Ligurinus, alas why this unaccustomed tear trickling down my cheek?...I run after you across the field of Mars, I follow you into the tumbling waters, and you show no pity.'

Any light into the darkness would be appreciated!


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