By John Taylor
This e-book is either a sequel to writer John Taylor’s past quantity Into the guts of ecu Poetry and anything varied. it's a sequel simply because this quantity expands upon the bottom of the former e-book to incorporate many extra ecu poets. it really is assorted in that it really is framed via tales during which the writer juxtaposes his own stories concerning eu poetry or ecu poets as he travels via assorted nations the place the poets have lived or worked.
Taylor explores poetry from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Lithuania, Albania, Romania, Turkey, and Portugal, all of which have been lacking within the past amassing, analyzes heady verse written in Galician, and offers a massive poet born within the Chuvash Republic. His journey via ecu poetry additionally provides discoveries from international locations whose languages he reads fluently—Italy, Germany (and German-speaking Switzerland), Greece, and France. Taylor’s version is Valery Larbaud, to whom his feedback, with its liveliness and analytical readability, is usually compared.
Readers will get pleasure from a renewed discussion with ecu poetry, specially in an age whilst translations are infrequently reviewed, found in literary journals, or studied in faculties. This e-book, in addition to Into the guts of eu Poetry, motivates a discussion by way of bringing overseas poetry out of the really expert confines of international language departments.
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Actually, we are one friendly French-conversing group who share meals, dictionaries from the wellstocked library, and, for a few of us, demänovka, a potent bittersweet Slovak herbal liqueur that Zuzana Malinovska has brought along as a gift. We discuss our respective problems all together in a morning and then in an afternoon collective workshop led by Jaccottet’s German cotranslator, Elisabeth Edl, and by the Swiss-French critic and translator Marion Graf. What do translators talk about when they talk about translation?
Translators thus also talk about implicit philosophical worldviews, the passing of time as an inner experience, and about fine shades, not just of meaning, but also of sentiment. And diction? Of course. A high point is reached when we analyze Bouvier’s poem “Hotel,” included in his one poetry volume, Le Dehors et le Dedans (The Outside and the Inside, 1982), which Yamily Yunis is transforming into Peruvian Spanish. ” Then everything quiets down, and the boys stand in line before an immense clamor breaks out and the boys must salute the flag.
Have we all slept like kings in similar circumstances? Perhaps not. Translators of poetry therefore also talk about the necessity of communing with their foreign poet’s experience, of entering into his sensibility through his words. If the poet is dead, words are all we have, though these may extend beyond a given poem to other books, a journal, or correspondence. The letters that Bouvier exchanged (up to 1964) with his lifelong friend, the artist Thierry Vernet (who accompanied the writer on his now-famous trip across the Middle East and notably the Iran of Nahid Tabatabai, who is indeed using her knowledge of her homeland to render L’Usage du monde into Farsi) has just been published as Correspondance des routes croisées (Correspondence of Crossed Roads).
A Little Tour through European Poetry by John Taylor