Love poetry

Worf recommended reading love poetry to Wesley Crusher as a means of luring a potential mate and noted that in response, a Klingon woman might be expected to roar, throw heavy objects, and claw at her partner. He expressed disdain for human males, describing their courtship rituals as "begging" (TNG, "The Dauphin")(1) (2). In another episode, Worf recites such a poem, but it was cut from the aired episode. It can still be found in the script of the episode "Up the Long Ladder"(3). The scene was later included as a feature on the TNG Season 2 Blu-ray release. (4)

I hunt in darkness.
The stars my guide.
The memory of you sings in my blood.
I seize the gift.
Carry it to your bower.
And lay at your feet the hearts of my enemies.

That poem has been translated into Klingon by Qor'etlh in 1999.(5) Beginners grammarian Eric Andeen added his corrections (6)

# English Qor'etlh translation corrected version
0 Klingon love poetry ghItlh'e' bang tlhIngan tlhIngan bang bom
1 I hunt in darkness, HurghtaHvIS jIwam, HurghtaHvIS jIwam,
2 The stars my guide. Hovmey muDev. muDev Hovmey.
3 The memory of you sings in my blood. bIqawwI' mubomtaHvIS 'IwlIj. bomDI' 'IwwIj qaqaw.
4 I seize the gift, cha'nob jInIH, cha'nob vISuq,
5 Carry it to your bower, QongDaqDaq vIqengmeH, QongDaqlIjDaq vIqeng
6 And lay at your feet the hearts of my enemies. 'ej tIQDu' jagh vIQot qamDu'rajDaq. 'ej qamDu'lIjDaq jaghwI' tIqDu' vIlan.

Notes

  • 0 - In KGT, such a song is called bang bom. At qepHom 2016, we found the word ghuQ for "poem".
  • 3 - This line is written like that in The Klingon Way, where it's confirmed to be based on this episode (TKW, p. 17)

See also

References

1 : "Notes on Klingon Writing & Literature" Message to the mailing list by Steven Boozer, Sat, 26 Apr 1997

2 : "On Klingon Poetry, Opera & Song" Message to the mailing list by Steven Boozer, Fri, 18 Apr 1997

3 : http://tng.trekcore.com/episodes/scripts/144.txt

4 : "Up The Long Ladder (episode)" entry on Memory Alpha received 14 December 2018

5 : "KLBC ghItlh 'e' bang" Message to the mailing list by Qor'etlh, Fri, 11 Jun 1999

6 : "RE: KLBC ghItlh 'e' bang" Message to the mailing list by Eric Andeen, Fri, 11 Jun 1999

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