Francis Cabrel is a contemporary French singer-songwriter, with a Catalan
flavour in accent and imagery.
Cabrel uses deceptively simple imagery in a variety of rhyming forms
to create lyrics which are in themselves musical. I wanted to keep the
rhyming which gave me difficulties in keeping to strictly to emphasis,
word-for-word translation and word order. Having decided on the rhyming
form, my aim was to keep the mood and feel as the next priority and
I hope that the result is a poem. I find it very difficult to read my
translation without hearing the original in my head; this makes it very
hard for me to judge my work.
For further consideration of the art of translation, you might look
at the work of Sheenagh
C'était l'hiver - Winter
L’encre de tes yeux - Drawn from your eyes