Can Poetry Be Translated ?

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Can Poetry Be Translated ?

Postby lotus » Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:37 am

Can Poetry Be Translated ?

Is it possible to translate poetry from one language into another without losing its meaning?

To paraphrase Robert Frost — not really. "Poetry is what gets lost in translation," the American poet is often quoted as saying. In other words, the meaning the reader extracts from a poem can never be replica of the writer's intent.

Then again, I'm just translating.

But poet and award-winning literary translator Aaron Coleman
tells NPR's Michel Martin that the impossibility of translation
shouldn't stop you from appreciating the art of the verse.

full interview ... on-coleman
“A poem should have the touch ... the way sunlight falls on Braille.” .......silent lotus
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