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SP.261 / ESG.SP261 Poetry in Translation, Spring 2006

English magnetic poetry laid over a French dictionary.
A collage of magnetic poetry and pages from a French dictionary. (Image courtesy of, as posted by surrealmuse.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features a complete set of readings, which include original poems, translations, biographies the various poets, and linguistic and cultural background information.

Course Description

This seminar addresses the inherent challenges of translating poetry from different languages, cultures, and eras. Students do some translation of their own, though accommodations are made if a student lacks even a basic knowledge of any foreign language.


Alevtina Asarina
David Custer

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
2 hours / session



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