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Words began to appear in English and to make some kind of equivalent. For what satisfaction it is hard to say, except that something seems…
Well, maybe so, although I don’t think I am particularly gifted in languages. In fact, oddly enough, it may have something to do with my…
The question is how to bring a work of imagination out of one language that was just as taken-for-granted by the persons who used it…
That helped me to keep in touch with myself and to keep in touch with this really quite extraordinary language and literature into which I…
Of course the other and more serious way in which it all happens is that one finds in poems and language some quality one appropriates…
Now, the language that had grown up and formed itself on those principles is what one is dealing with, and the problem is to bring…
Well, with the French language, which I understood and spoke, however imperfectly, and read in great quantities, at certain times, the matter I suppose was…
I think it was lucky that during most of the work on the Odyssey I lived on Homer’s sea in houses that were, in one…
What the translator – myself in particular – does is not comparable to what the Homeric performer was doing.
There must of course be a relationship between translating and making poems of your own, but what it is I just don’t know.
In fact, eloquence in English will inevitably make use of the Latin element in our vocabulary.
I would then go on to say that Homer, as we now know, was working in what they call an oral tradition.
I think there are perhaps two ways in which one can begin.
Yes, living voices in a living language, so it seemed to us.
One should indeed read Pope with his notes available, in the Twickenham edition possibly, to see what a vast amount he did understand about Homer.
The invention of Bob Dylan with his guitar belongs in its way to the same kind of tradition of something meant to be heard, as…
Yes, and there were changes of light on landscapes and changes of direction of the wind and the force of the wind and weather. That…
I think that everyone who took part has always been grateful for it.
The heart of the matter seems to me to be the direct interaction between one’s making a poem in English and a poem in the…
In a way you can feel that the poet actually is looking over your shoulder, and you say to yourself, now, how would this go…
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