Poetry in Translation

English magnetic poetry laid over a French dictionary.

A collage of magnetic poetry and pages from a French dictionary. (Image by surrealmuse on flickr.com)


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Spring 2006



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Course Description

This seminar addresses the inherent challenges of translating poetry from different languages, cultures, and eras. Students do some translation of their own, though accommodations are made if a student lacks even a basic knowledge of any foreign language.

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David Custer, and Alevtina Asarina. ES.261 Poetry in Translation. Spring 2006. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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