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Originally written in 1857 by Charles Baudelaire the poem Les Mtamorphoses du vampire is a piece that many years later was translated to English by many other poets At a simple glance many readers would find all the translations to be the same In the end they all tell the same story but when looked at more closely each poet has delivered a unique variation from the one before him In the case of George Dillon and William Aggeler both translators provided individual versions of equal quality but one choose a more direct and literal translation of Baudelaires words while the other seemed to recreate his own version of the poem with frilly extras In both translations of Metamorphosis of a vampire the recollection of man and his fatal encounter with a ravenous seductive female vampire is told with seemingly the same recurring dark helpless tone intriguing figures of speech and vivid imagery but when examined further notable differences in writing style and word choice allow readers to distinguish one version from the other Both translations can be expected to have the same subject because it is after all two different versions of the same poem The poem subject is a man telling his memory of a lustful encounter with a vampiress that leads to demise Both poems begin with the man as the speaker describing his view of the seducing vampire As she is twisting her body like a serpent and arranging her breasts in a corset from her mouth red as strawberries she speaks to him with intoxicatingly strong words She points out how alluring her lips are She claims to know how to keep his guilty conscience away Any guilty or regretful tears she will dry with her breasts She makes old men laugh like children The mere presence of her naked body will replace any and everything that is important in the mans life She boasts about how
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