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No.2 2014 The Constellation

The Constellation

No.2 2014

'The Constellation', is MPT's Poetry International issue, summer 2014.

Poetry International Festival was fou...

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Love in a Time of Exile and War

Between Monday 14th July and Friday 18th July we are using Twitter to offer a preview on the focus on Brecht and Steffin in th...

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Poetry International: 17-21 July 2014

Saturday 19 July, 2.30 pm, £10
Purcell Room, the Southbank Centre

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The forthcoming issue of MPT ‘The Constellation’ focuses on the exchange of poetry between two star-crossed lovers: Bertolt Brecht, the playwright and poet, and his lover, collaborator and friend Margarete Steffin.


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Literary Translation – A Marriage of Heaven and Hell

I must confess I have always, for better or worse, translated instinctively and intuitively and with an overwhelming impulsion to do so, otherwise it commonly proves a futile labour. I do not have any set construction methods or rules, I simply allow the chosen poem to tentatively exercise its feelers, move in under my skin and then try to find an equivalent in the English tongue which might authentically transmit the tonal and textural essence of the original...

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Ted Hughes, Translation and Ecopoetics

The co-founder, with Ted Hughes, of Modern Poetry in Translation in 1965, Daniel Weissbort, believes that the role of translation, as ‘an integral part of [Hughes’s] own oeuvre, just as the promotion of translation was perceived by him as part of his professional duty as a writer, seems largely to have been ignored’ (2006: viii). Weissbort is currently writing a book on...

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