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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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The Art of the Impossible

The Art of the Impossible

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(p.75) Chapter 4 The Art of the Impossible
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Poetry & Translation
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315534.005

This chapter analyses arguments about the impossibility of poetry translation. It discusses the view that poetry translation is impossible because of the impossibility of capturing the poetic emotion of the original poem and mentions that some translators have spoken up for the translatability of poetry in a manner that echoes the universality of human emotion belief. It considers the views of the editors of The Craft of Translation and argues that translational confidence can be sustained because human situations are analogous and can be understood analogically.

Keywords:   poetry translation, poetic emotion, human emotion, The Craft of Translation, translational confidence, human situations

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