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Chinese Poetry in Translation?

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Reiner Torheit
« on: May 24, 2009, 02:59:29 am »

The excellent and worthwhile journal THE NEW REPUBLIC has an extensive consideration - by Adam Kirsch - of the issues involved in the translation of Chinese classical poetry,  with specific relation to two new collections that have recently appeared in print.

The article goes substantially beyond a mere review, and rolls its sleeves up to discuss the difficulties, merits, and relevance of translatiing poetry for a society removed from the original authors by not only more than a milennia, but also by a very different sociological world. How far should the translator "poetise" his translation?  The differing approaces of Ezra Pound and modern translators are compared, with revealing results.  Recommended reading!
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