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The Hunting of the Snark

Adriano Orefice: La cerca dello Squallo

Adriano Orefice: La cerca dello Squallo 

Il Covile, anno XII NO690, 2012-03-29,
ISSN 2279-6924
(or pg. 101 in

Translation of Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark, 16 pages:

In the preface to the introduction to his Snark translation, Adriano Orefice (whose main business is quantum physics) associated the Snark hunt with research and Charles Darwin's Beagle voyage. Since 1982, Prof. Orefice's translation hibernated in some drawer until Raffaele Giovanelli (same business) found it 30 years later.

 Götz Kluge
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The Bellman and Charles Darwin

"Un veliero: il brigantino H. M. S. Beagle. Lo comanda il bigotto Capitano Robert Fitz Roy. L'anno è il 1831. A bordo, un cervello esplosivo. Con un ritardo di due secoli sulla Fisica, sta per deflagrare il Galileo della Biologia. Le tappe successive: nel 1838 è completata la teoria della selezione naturale. Nel 1859 esce L'origine della specie.
· · Dissolvenza.
· · Quando torna l'immagine, è ancora una nave. Un veliero, naturalmente. Il Beagle riprende il mare? L'anno, è il 1874: Darwin è ancora vivo, vegeto e chiacchierato."

"A sailing ship: the brig H. M. S. Beagle. It is commanded by the bigoted Captain Robert Fitz Roy. The year is 1831. On board, a brain explosion. With a delay of about two centuries of Physics, it is shattered by the the Galileo of Biology. The following stages: In 1838 the theory of natural selection was completed. In 1859 comes the Origin of Species.
· · Fade-over.
· · When it returns into the scene, it is still a ship. A sailing ship, of course. The Beagle took to the sea again? The year is 1874: Darwin is still alive, well and chatty."

Crossing the Line
6 years ago. Edited 6 years ago.
 Götz Kluge
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If -- and the thing is wildly possible -- the charge of writing nonsense were ever brought against the author of this brief but instructive poem, it would be based, I [Lewis Carroll] feel convinced, on the line (in p.4) “Then the bowsprit got mixed with the rudder sometimes.” In view of this painful possibility, I will not (as I might) appeal indignantly to my other writings as a proof that I am incapable of such a deed: I will not (as I might) point to the strong moral purpose of this poem itself, to the arithmetical principles so cautiously inculcated in it, or to its noble teachings in Natural History -- I will take the more prosaic course of simply explaining how it happened.

369 · · “The method employed I would gladly explain,
370 · · · · While I have it so clear in my head,
371 · · If I had but the time and you had but the brain --
372 · · · · But much yet remains to be said

373 · · “In one moment I’ve seen what has hitherto been
374 · · · · Enveloped in absolute mystery,
375 · · And without extra charge I will give you at large
376 · · · · A Lesson in Natural History ”

377 · · In his genial way he proceeded to say
378 · · · · (Forgetting all laws of propriety,
379 · · And that giving instruction, without introduction,
380 · · · · Would have caused quite a thrill in Society)

Source: Lewis Carroll: The Hunting of the Snark
5 years ago.

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