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Dead Poets Live

You Tell Me I Shouldn’t Write

a verse translation

Edmund Quincy — The Writer

It is worth noting that Ágnes Nemes Nagy, known for children’s verses and wordplay, wrote this unusually jaded piece amid the dark days of World War II, in August of 1943.

You tell me I shouldn’t write.
What, pray tell, should I do?
Commit murder? Arts and crafts?
Or procreate, say you?

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Joe Váradi

Joe Váradi

Editor of No Crime in Rhymin' and Language Lab | ..."come for the sarcasm, stay for my soft side"