English 143T

Poetry Translation Workshop

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2013 Hass, Robert L.
TTh 12:30-2 301 Wheeler

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A course reader will be available from Copy Central on Bancroft.


This is a workshop in the translation of poetry into English. Workshop members will develop a project and submit a translation a week (together with the original poem and a word-for-word version) and the work of the class will be for members to give one another feedback on their translations and to talk with one another about the pleasures and perils of the process. There will be weekly reading in the theory and practice of verse translation. The final project will be for each workshop member to produce a chapbook of a dozen or so translations.

Admission will be by permission of the instructor, based on (1) five to eight pages of YOUR OWN translations of either your own poems or other people's poems (or a combination of the two) into English, as well as the corresponding pages in the original language, and also 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 Robert Hass's mailbox in 322 Wheeler, BY 4:00 P.M., TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 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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