Saturday, March 24, 2007

Hunch and Hope

Here's one poet-translator's guess about what translation is—George Szirtes again:

"Half of translating is simply trying to understand what a poet is up to from the inside. The rest is hunch and hope."

I love that: "hunch and hope." And then somebody tells you the translation was good, and you're not quite sure anyway, but glad that somebody liked it.

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