Posted by: birdmaddgirl | 6 May 2011

carrying over

i have hardly begun working on Neruda translation projects as background for my master’s thesis, and yet i already see that my heart will break. “patria pura,” i know of no way to preserve your cadence and quiet dignity in english (a rare-ish instance of spanish sounding less stilted and formal). i cannot really save the subtle symmetry of  “pie” – “piel” – “piedra.” no english words will accrue the sonic meaning and preserve the literal one. these things keep me up at night. consider this my first small lament.

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  1. Big hug back to you lady 🙂


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