Friday, August 10, 2007

Translator Watson Kirkconnell

Here is an essay on an interesting, and sadly forgotten, translator, Watson Kirkconnell. Among other things, he published European Elegies, which had 100 poems from 50 languages! He was inspired to take on this task after the death of his wife.

About translation, Mr. Kirkconnell said “The letter killeth, but the spirit maketh alive.” He also thought that in order for a translation to be successful, the translator had to be filled with emotion.

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