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Saturday, October 31 • 11:15am - 12:45pm
Translating Russian Poetry: The Challenge of Form

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In Russia, poetry has traditionally been regarded more highly than prose. The presenters, who have translated widely in the field of 19th- and 20th-century poetry, will explore the challenges that the translator faces, in particular with regard to the formal features of Russian poetry. To the present day Russian poetry tends towards strict rhyme and meter that require creative solutions if the poems are to “work” for a contemporary English-speaking audience. The poets discussed cover the entire span of the great tradition, from Alexander Pushkin, the "founding father" of the Russian tradition, to the modernist Vladislav Khodasevich and two more contemporary poets, Mikhail Eremin and Oleg Okhapkin, who managed to resurrect the tradition during the late years of the Soviet regime.


Saturday October 31, 2015 11:15am - 12:45pm
Canyon B

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