Translation of "Casabianca"
"Casabianca" is a very famous poem written by Mrs Hemans, a poem which brings tears to the eyes of its readers. The poem commemorates an actual incident that occurred in 1798 during the Battle of the Nile aboard the French ship L'Orient. Casabianca (Giocante), the 12 year old son of Louis de Casabianca,the admiral of the French warship, was a faithful and brave boy. He had received orders from his father not to abandon his post on deck till he returned. However, as the battle raged on, Casabianca's father was mortally wounded and killed. The ship caught fire and was burning out of control. The flames were rolling on fast and spreading and shrouding the ship like fog. Young Casabianca called out to his father many times, asking him if he could leave his post, but the orders never came as the admiral was dead. The young faithful boy, determined not to disobey his father, stood on the burning deck at his post.The twining flames began garlanding the ship like a wreath. The engulfing fire soon caught the ship's magazine and a massive explosion took place. The gallant youth, his dead wounded shipmates, all perished in the blast. The noble ship which once stood with pride with its pennon, mast and helm, was strewn apart and lay scattered in the wild blue sea.