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Poetry & TranslationThe Art of the Impossible$
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Peter Robinson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312182

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315534

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Thou Art Translated

Thou Art Translated

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(p.48) Chapter 3 Thou Art Translated
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Poetry & Translation
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315534.004

This chapter examines the meaning of translation in the phase ‘Bless thee, Bottom, bless thee. Thou art translated’ from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. It explains that based on the usage of the term in this phrase, it can be said that poetry translation means altering a poem into a form that is comically unsuitable. It argues that the translation of a poem or other verbal artifact will be an inexact copy whose relation to its original more resembles that of a variation to its theme. This chapter also considers George Steiner's After Babel, William H. Gass' Reading Rilke: Reflections on the Problems of Translation and the relevant views of Marjorie Perloff.

Keywords:   poetry translation, A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare, George Steiner, After Babel, William H. Gass, Reading Rilke, Marjorie Perloff

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