What It Is (Was es ist)

English translation

What It Is

Rationality says
It’s nonsense
Love says
It is what it is
Reckoning says
It’s doom
Fear says
It’s nothing but sorrow
Sense says
It’s hopeless
Love says
It is what it is
Pride says
It’s ridiculous
Caution says
It’s reckless
Experience says
It’s not practical
Love says
It is what it is
Submitted by brightswan on Sat, 11/02/2012 - 22:50
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Was es ist

Es ist Unsinn
sagt die Vernunft
Es ist was es ist
sagt die Liebe
Es ist Unglück
sagt die Berechnung
Es ist nichts als Schmerz


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brightswan     February 12th, 2012

Is there anything I can do to improve upon this?

maëlstrom     February 12th, 2012

Well, I'm not the one that rated 4 stars and German isn't my first language but maybe I can share my take on this part:

Es ist aussichtslos
sagt die Einsicht

Aussichtslos sounds stronger than just "not promising" to me. I would suggest hopeless or desperate.
Also, I would probably translate Einsicht as intelligence but I'm not sure if it fits better.

Hope I helped.

brightswan     February 12th, 2012

Thank you maëlstrom,

I used "sense" for Einsicht, hopefully that fits better! Smile

turcanin     February 12th, 2012

If you want to do a literal translation, I guess you can't say Unglück = doom or unmöglich = not practical. I suppose this might have bothered your first voter.
It is pretty tricky to find the perfect translation, it's more about the "feel", so I it's not easy to give an unbiased vote.
Hope you don't mind if I post my own version (at first, I wanted to put my 50 cents in, but then I realized you can't find a "perfect" translation).

brightswan     February 12th, 2012

No Turcanin, I don't mind - do what you need to do; however, I would like to add that Unglück means more than misfortune, and unmöglich means more than impossible. And you're right - there is no perfect translation. Good luck with yours! Smile

turcanin     February 12th, 2012

Thank you! Good luck to you too!
Oh, I was wrong. There IS a perfect translation. I just posted it. You're doomed. }:)