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About "teñir"

According to my dictionary, "teñir" is a transitive verb meaning "dye".  It also can be used figuratively to mean "tinge" or "stain".  What was the Neruda line, Jen, and do these other meanings help the translation?

Speaking of Neruda, are there any fans out there?  I've been reading William O'Daly's translation of El libro de las preguntas (both the Spanish and English versions of the poems are given).  Here's a taste (all the poems are about this length).


What are you guarding under your hump?
said a camel to a turtle.

And the turtle replied:
What do you say to oranges?

Does a pear tree have more leaves
than Remembrance of Things Past?

Why do leaves commit suicide
when they feel yellow?


Qué guardas bajo tu joroba?
dijo un camello a una tortuga.

Y la tortuga preguntó:
Qué conversas con las naranjas?

Tiene más hojas un peral
Buscando el tiempo perdido?

Por qué se suicidan las hojas
cuando se sienten amarillas?


May. 1st, 2006 11:51 am (UTC)
Oh I love Neruda, I have several of his books!

How was the commute today?
May. 1st, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Neruda
Better than it normally is. The bus was about ten minutes late (not unusual, but under the circumstances it had us calling Dispatch to make sure it was coming). We picked up fewer riders than normal, and there seemed to be less-than-normal traffic on the freeway (certainly lighter than normal for a Monday morning). The test is going to be this evening. I'm planning on leaving at 5:00 tonight (which means I'll have four chances at a commuter bus); when I leave at 6:30 there's only the one bus left. If the buses don't turn up I'm going to spend the $80 and take a taxi home; my boss (who's also a public transportation user) says if I have to do that I can expense it.
May. 1st, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Neruda
Wow points for your boss, for once! Remember the Olympics in '84? So many people worked from home or took vacation the commute was a breeze. Maybe this is like that a little.