Epigram for Wall street ๐Ÿ’ธ

โ€œEpigram for Wall streetโ€ is a poem attributed to Edgar Allan Poe, born on 19 January 1809

I’ll tell you a plan for gaining wealth,
Better than banking, trade or leases โ€”
Take a bank note and fold it up,
And then you will find your money in creases!
This wonderful plan, without danger or loss,
Keeps your cash in your hands, where nothing can trouble it;
And every time that you fold it across,
‘Tis as plain as the light of the day that you double it

This poem was originally published in January 1845 in the โ€œEvening Mirrorโ€ (New York), where Poe worked as critic and sub-editor, and it was later attributed to him.
The original title included the lower-case โ€œsโ€ in โ€œstreet.โ€

It talks about losing money in banks and gives humorous advice on what to do with it. The epigram contains a brilliant example of word-play (“increases” and “in creases”) and it is amusing, which is not so frequent with Poe.

Epigramma per Wall street
Vi rivelerรฒ un piano per aumentar profitti,
meglio di investimenti, commercio o affitti –
Se una banconota in due sarร  piegata
la cifra sembrerร  subito raddoppiata
Questo meraviglioso piano, privo di pericoli o passivi
terrร  le banconote in mano vostra, senza rischi aggiuntivi
e ogni volta che le ripiegherete,
รจ chiaro come il sole che le raddoppierete.
(L.Z.)

NB: Anche se ho fatto una traduzione non molto rigorosa, al fine di mantenere la rima, mi รจ stato impossibile rendere il geniale gioco di parole dellโ€™originale, in cui lโ€™espressione โ€œin creasesโ€ (con pieghe) letto in una sola parola diventa โ€œincreasesโ€ cioรจ aumenta.

 Image:  Wikimedia Commons – Stock Market Bull

45 thoughts on “Epigram for Wall street ๐Ÿ’ธ

  1. I remember seeing this bull on a visit to NYC. Given the superstition about rubbing its testicle for luck, it’s interesting in how burnished they’ve become.
    The pun reminds me of an old joke: I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.

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  2. Si:
    nella mente e nel cuore
    nellamentenelcuore.wordpress.com
    Sono su questa piattaforma dal 2018, prima ero su Blogger. Ho aperto il mio blog dieci anni fa su Splinder, poi quando la piattaforma fu chiusa passai a blogger.
    (puรฒ comparire sul mio sito le impostazioni del vecchio sito, ma รจ attivo solo questo su wordpress)
    Grazie,ciao โ˜€๏ธ

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    1. Purtroppo il link qui indicato rimanda a un sito inesistente. Ti ho cercata e trovata su Google, e mi sono iscritta per non perdere i tuoi prossimi post. Se puoi, dovresti sistemare il link errato, cosรฌ che tutti possano visualizzarti facilmente quando lasci dei commenti (ma non saprei suggerirti come fare), ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒน
      Buon pomeriggio

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  4. Conosco bene il poema! Sono un fan di Poe e quindi conosco alcuni dei poemi attribuiti a lui. In ogni caso hai fatto una traduzione ottima. Certo il gioco di parole si perde inevitabilmente ma il ritmo รจ perfetto.

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