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No.2 2014 The Constellation

The Constellation

No.2 2014

We launch 'The Constellation', our Poetry International issue, on 19th July 2014. 
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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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After the Raising of Lazarus

Song of Joy

Translating contemporary poetry from countries which have strong lyrical and folk traditions is extremely hard. Whilst the translator wishes to preserve the lyrical nature of the poem, the same structures and traditions are not open to her in English. Somehow a freer verse structure must be found, with the appearance, rather than the presence of the often s...

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