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The sailors love the beautiful girls
The wise poets love the sailors
The girls often love the sailors
The bad poets love the beautiful girls
The bad girls love the farmers
All the poets hate the farmers
The bad girls hate the good girls
The good girls love all the sailors
The bad girls love the bad girls
The farmers hate all the poets
The good girls love the bad poets



-Gavin Ewart


Note: The title and content of this poem suggests that it is related to a well-known exercise in Chapter 2 of Wheelock's Latin which goes:

The poet is giving the girl large roses. The girls are giving the poet's roses to the sailors. Without money the girls' country is not strong.

Poeta puellae magnas rosas dat. Puellae nautis rosas poetae dant. Patria puellarum sine pecunia non valet.
As you wish.

Interpretationi in Latinam

Nautae puellas pulchras amant
Poëtae sapientes nautas amant
Puellae saepe nautas amant
Poëtae mali puellas pulchras amant
Puellae malae agricolas amant
Omnes poëtae agricolas oderunt
Puellae malae puellas bonas oderunt
Puellae bonae omnes nautas amant
Puellae malae puellas malas amant
Agricolae omnes poëtas oderunt
Puellae bonae poëtas malos amant

The vocabulary of the exercise is mostly that learned in first year Latin, with the exception of odio, a somewhat more difficult fourth conjugation verb. Poëta, nauta, and agricola all happen to belong to a category of nouns that appear feminine in gender and declension, but actually require masculine adjectives.

And with that I'll stop ruining the poem.

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