Featured quote on translation (April 28, 2011)
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Apr 28, 2011

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Who said:
"Poetry is what gets lost in translation."...?

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Just Opera
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The quote is attributed to Robert Frost (but apocryphal). Apr 28, 2011

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"Poetry cannot be translated; and, therefore, it is the poets that preserve the languages"

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Phil Hand  Identity Verified
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It may be apocryphal Apr 29, 2011

But I believe it.
You can translate poetry, but you have to remake "the poetry" in it in your target language. It's not the only definition of poetry, but to call poetry the interplay between the form and content of language makes sense, I think - change the form, and the poem must change with it.

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