English 143T

Poetry Translation Workshop

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2012 Hass, Robert L.
Hass, Robert
TTh 2-3:30 301 Wheeler


This is a workshop course in the translation of poetry. Participants need to be at least moderately competent in some language other than English. All of the work will involve translating from other languages into English. Participants will be expected to submit some work each week--an original text, a word-for-word translation, and their work in literary translation. Then the class proceeds like a creative writing workshop. Participants present their work, talk a bit about difficulties they've had with getting something over from one language into another, and give each other feedback. There will be a reader with examples of translation practice and theory, and enough reading to give participants some sense of the history of lyric poetry from the beginnings of writing to the present.

Admission will be by permission of the instructor, based on (1) five to eight pages of your own translations of poems into English, as well as the corresponding pages in the original language or original poems or a combination of the two, as well as a brief statement (no more than a sentence or two) describing the translation project you hope to work on, (2) a one-paragraph statement of your interest in translation, and (3) an application form; all of the above is to be submitted to Professor Hass's mailbox in 322 Wheeler, BY 4:00 P.M., TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, AT THE LATEST.

Be sure to read the paragraph concerning creative writing courses on page 1 of this Announcement of Classes for further information regarding enrollment in such courses!

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