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Basic human drives—curiosity, passion, the need to provide shape and structure, the excitement of discovery—underlie all human creativity. Different minds and sensibilities necessarily focus on different aspects of human experience. However, in our…
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|June 11, 2004

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There has been very little linguistically sound discussion of the differences between poetry and prose, and virtually no discussion of any sort of the practical consequences of those differences for the translation of prose. The Art of Translating Prose presents…
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|January 9, 2006

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This book by a well-known translator and critic is divided into two parts, the first dealing with the linguistic and other more technical aspects of translating poetry, the second involved with more practice-oriented matters. The chapters in Part One examine the…
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|August 20, 2010

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Beowulf is the conventional title of an Old English heroic epic poem consisting of 3182 alliterative long lines, set in Scandinavia, commonly cited as one of the most important works of Anglo-Saxon literature. It survives in a single manuscript known as the…
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|April 1, 1984

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An introductory text that is both an anthology of over 200 poems and a comprehensive exploration of the form. Over 100 poets featured; those most widely represented include Blake, Byron, cummings, Dickinson, Donne, Alan Dugan, Frost, Louise Gluck, George Herbert,…

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America's war against itself developed slowly, pressing on people in all walks and ways of life. The Bingham family-of New England, then rural New York, then the great city of New York-was, like everyone else, caught up in deep, churning passions. The Bingham…
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|November 18, 2008

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Lively, absorbing, often outrageously funny, Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales is a work of genius, an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for each generation of readers. The Tales gathers twenty-nine of literature’s most enduring (and endearing)…
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|September 10, 1987

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The twelfth-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes is a major figure in European literature. His courtly romances fathered the Arthurian tradition and influenced countless other poets in England as well as on the continent. Yet because of the difficulty of…
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|September 27, 2006

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Shakespeare's valedictory play is also one of his most poetical and magical. The story involves the spirit Ariel, the savage Caliban, and Prospero, the banished Duke of Milan, now a wizard living on a remote island who uses his magic to shipwreck a party of…
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|September 1, 1999

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Before there was Game of Thrones , there was Beowulf ... SONG OF BATTLE AND KINGS Beowulf is one of the earliest extant poems in a modern European language, composed in England before the Norman Conquest. As a social document this great epic poem is…
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|April 20, 2006

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