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What is it?

This site is dedicated to poetry written in the Serbo-Croatian language. It aims to bring the poets and their works to a wider audience through a collaborative effort to translate the poems into other languages and by consolidating them in one place.

One is easily impressed by the beauty and wealth of culture embedded in this poetry. It is remarkable how little of this artistic output can be found on the Internet, particularly from the 19th and 20th centuries. This site hopes to change that!

How does it work?

Anyone can view the site's content, but (unfortunately and only due to my limited tech skills) only "Contributors" can edit it. This is a Google Site which means anyone who wishes to contribute can email me (sc.poetrytranslation@gmail.com) to request access. To become a contributor you will need to create a Google account if you don't already have one (very easy to do). 0

As a Contributor you can: 

  • Add poems in their original Serbo-Croatian 
  • Translate poems including from other translations (see note on 'Chinese Whispers' below)
  • Amend existing translations - After all, this is a collaborative translation effort (think Wiki!) 
  • Add comments and engage in discussions
  • Add/Suggest new authors not currently included on the site
  • Add attachments
  • and whoever you are...SPREAD THE WORD! 

'Chinese Whispers'

Non-native speakers are encouraged to translate from translations. For example, a Spanish speaker may translate from the English version with complete disregard for the original Serbo-Croatian. Every translation carries in it a degree of interpretation by the translator. Since subjective interpretation is partly what poetry is about, this exercise in "Chinese whispers" could prove to be very interesting, not to mention fun - a way of keeping the works alive and allowing the word to evolve. Furthermore, this will increase the rate of dissemination and ultimately the reach of the poetry.

Serbo-Croatian?

This site makes reference to the 'Serbo-Croatian' language. For clarity, the below excerpt from Wikipedia explains: 

"Serbo-Croatian, also called Serbo-Croat, Serbo-Croat-Bosnian (SCB), Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian (BCS), or Bosnian-Croatian-Montenegrin-Serbian (BCMS), is a South Slavic language and the primary language of Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. It is a pluricentric language with four mutually intelligible standard varieties"...more