Latin Wikipedia: Page on Charles Darwin (Carolus Robertus Darwin); William (Gulielmus) Wordsworth to appear as page of the month for March instead

Saturday, February 28, 2009

The page of the month for February on the Latin Wikipedia was Azerbaijan (Adrabigania), and now that February is almost over it's time for the next one to be selected. Originally it was supposed to be Charles (Carolus) Darwin, but as you can see here the page is certainly not ready to be featured, and instead Willian (Gulielmus) Wordsworth will probably be selected instead: you can see his page in its current state here.

It even includes a sample of his poetry with a Latin translation:

My heart leaps up when I behold Exsilit cor cum cernam
A rainbow in the sky: arcum in aethere:
So was it when my life began, sic fecit, ut primum vixi,
So is it now I am a man, sic facit dum homo sum,
So be it when I shall grow old, sic faciat cum senescam,
Or let me die! aut moriar!
The child is father of the man: Puer patrem patrat:
And I could wish my days to be et mihi velim dies esse
Bound each to each by natural piety. innatá inter se religione vinctos.

You can see the comments on the page of the month here, such as this one:
People are making useful changes in Gulielmus Wordsworth, and if that means it's going to be the pagina mensis for March, that's fine with me, as we can postpone Darwin till next February or later. The main respect in which the French & Italian wikis' versions differ from ours is that they offer critical commentary about Wordwsworth's art, after the account of his life. (Ours may be the only wiki that mentions the epigraph from the Appendix Vergiliana and observes its significance.) Strangely, the English version doesn't have such commentary. If somebody would like to translate a few such paragraphs from the French or the Italian, please feel free to have a go! IacobusAmor 14:34, 27 Februarii 2009 (UTC)

And a sample from the article:

Prima publicatio et Lyrical Ballads

In praefatio ad Lyrical Ballads, considerata declaratio iudicii litterati Romanticismi Anglici, Wordsworth sua poemata "pro experimento" (Anglice: experimental) appellavit. Anno 1793, edidit eius primas poematum congeries: An Evening Walk et Descriptive Sketches. In Somersetia eodem anno, in Samuel Taylor Coleridge incidit, et poetae cito facti sunt amicissimi. Interea, anno 1795, Raisley Calvert, poetae amicus, qui nocte 9 Ianuarii–10 Ianuarii 1795 obiit, anno aetatis suae vicesimo primo, legatum argenti £900 pondo ei legavit ut continuet scribere poemata. Anno 1797, Wordsworth et Dorothea soror ad Domum Alfoxton in Somersetia migraverunt, perpauca milia passuum a domo Coleridge in vico Nether Stowey.

Communiter, Wordsworth et Coleridge, cum Dorotheae consilio, mox produxerunt Lyrical Ballads (1798), principale Romanticismi Anglici opus. Liber nec nomen Wordsworth nec nomen Coleridge detexit. Unum ex Wordsworth inclutissimorum poematum, "Tintern Abbey," est in eo divulgatum, una cum "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," carmine a Coleridge scriptum. Mirabiliter, secunda libri editio, anno 1800 edita, solum Wordsworth scriptorem nominavit, et explicationis continuit praefationem, magnopere in editione anni 1802 auctam, quae nunc habetur grave theoriae litterarum artificium. In ea, Wordsworth disserit de rebus quae in iudicio suo sunt elementa novi generis poiesis, in "sincero hominum sermone" constituti—generis quod floridam plurimorum saeculi poematum dictionem defugit. Hic adseverat Wordsworth pervulgatam poiesis definitionem: "spontaneus sensuum validorum aestus ex animi motibus in memoriam tranquille reductis." Quarta ultimaque Lyrical Ballads editio anno 1805 edita est.


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