Translating poetry: how can meaning be preserved?

I'm so enamored with Sebald that I got a book of his poetry, Across the Land and the Water (from the library, just in case it turns out I'm not a poetry kind of guy.) I've not read much of any poetry, by anyone,  but Sebald's writing is just so damn poetic anyway, I figured …

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Hello world

It's my six year anniversary with this blog. Good golly does time fly. I feel my writing has improved by orders of magnitude in the past six years, but other parts of me feel I've just been treading water. Most of my progress has been internal, and not really evident in the real world. I …

Writing poetry

I wrote one poem in my adult life, five or six years ago. I think I might try writing another. This may seem unusual, seeing as I know nothing about poetry. But, I do know about writing... and what is poetry but a lyrical, condensed form of writing? I hate rhyming and repetitive patterns, though …

Poems

I haven't read many. I got a couple books of poetry (English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology, and Edward Fitzgerald's Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam) to get a taste of it. What else is recommended? What a big part of literature I know nothing about!

Pale Fire, by Vladimir Nabokov

This is the epitome of genius. Nabokov must have some kind of freak literary gene that makes him so good with words. This is one of the few books I've wanted to start reading again the moment I reached the end. (I think Lolita was another...) On the surface, Pale fire is a 999 line …

I keep laughing

You know it's a funny book when just thinking about it throughout the day makes you burst out laughing. Me trying to describe it would not do justice to its hilarity, you just have to read it yourself. But... something about this kind of character is just so amusing--the just smart enough to think they …

Pure genius

I've just started this one by Vladimir Nabokov, and already am blown away just in the first pages. This guy is pure genius, and I wonder how he's not ranked higher than he already is even. I'm laughing almost ever page as I read this, its just so subtly brilliant. I wonder if as many …