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July 08, 2008


Superb post. You prove that translation requires "failure" (as in a perhaps different sense poetry does), but the failure is in the service of a greater good, communication against the odds. I suppose that is what the translator must tell herself. This reader admires your scrupulousness in, for example, justifying the addition of "living" in "The beauty of spinach is weak – / when we face the mere fifty square meters / of standard living space," etc. The justification is total. (Thank you for explaining.) And the repeated m's and r's in "the mere fifty square meters" delight the ear.

Looking forward to tomorrow's post.

I trust that what you've read so far has been informative. The following articles/posts should go a long way toward clearing up any uncertainty that may remain. - William B. Doyle,

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