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Introduction to Translation with Sarah Arvio
November 21, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm$210
NB: This is a four-week class that starts on Thursday November 21st and ends on Thursday December 19th. It will not meet on Thanksgiving.
The Wide World: Translating Poetry
There is nothing so beautiful as transforming a poem from a foreign language into your own language. In this class we will work on translating poems from any language into English. If you have not yet chosen a poet, I will help you choose your poet. At the start, we will work on texts already translated, so as to have a comparison text to consult. We will talk about voice, rhythm, style, tone, and diction level; we will learn the pleasure of perusing dictionaries and thesauruses. Full attention will be given to your texts at every meeting. All skill levels are welcome.
Sarah Arvio is the author of night thoughts: 70 dream poems & notes from an analysis (2013), Sono: cantos (2006), and Visits from the Seventh (2002), for which she won the Rome Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. All three books are published by Alfred A. Knopf. Her translations of poems and a play by Federico García Lorca, Poet in Spain, was published by Knopf in 2017, to wide critical acclaim. Arvio is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Bogliasco Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has won prizes for her work from Boston Review, The Paris Review, and Poetry. For many years a translator for the United Nations, she has also taught poetry at Princeton. She lives in New York City.
Photo of Arvio by Star Black.