"Natural meadows of translation": On translating poetry

Patton, Simon (2010) "Natural meadows of translation": On translating poetry. Southerly, 70 1: 136-141.

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Author Patton, Simon
Title "Natural meadows of translation": On translating poetry
Journal name Southerly
ISSN 0038-3732
ISBN 9781921556135
Publication date 2010-07-28
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 70
Issue 1
Start page 136
End page 141
Total pages 6
Editor David Brooks
Elizabeth McMahon
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher English Association
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject CX
970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
200517 Literature in Chinese
200323 Translation and Interpretation Studies
Formatted abstract
We are all prisoners of language, and we remain so to the end of our lives. There is a world beyond the bars, and we catch a glimpse of it when we are jolted out of our habits, our expectations. Poetry - at its best - is capable of delivering such a jolt, if we are willing to go along for the ride...

Willis Barnstone said memorably that "Untranslatable lines are natural meadows of translation and yield the best wild herbs." I would like to match this obsetvation with one of my own: "Resistance is fertile". Although poetic texts are generally short, the challenges they pose to translation are surprisingly complex. However, it is in the attempt to respond to that complexity that something of value is occasionally achieved.
Keyword Translation
Poetry translation
Free translation
Original Creative Works - Textual work
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: "Golden Tongues: The Arts of Translation".

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