Level: Intermediate II

Time and Again: ASL translation

Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), German poet.
Translated in English by J. B. Leishman
Interpreted in Ameslan/ASL by Jolanta Lapiak. April 2009.

English Translation

"Time and Again" by Rainer Maria Rilke.

Time and again, however well we know the landscape of love,
and the little church-yard with lamenting names,
and the frightfully silent ravine wherein all the others
end: time and again we go out two together,
under the old trees, lie down again and again
between the flowers, face to face with the sky.

Translation process

When an original poem has its rhymes or other elements, its rhymes or such can be sometimes lost when it is translated to another language. It is normal. This poem Time and Again by Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), although, is in free verse. Interestingly, when I translated this poem in its original free verse in English, rhymes (handshape, movement, and location) as well as symmetry arised in ASL. Below shows some rhymes in ASL.

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