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Piecing Together the FragmentsTranslating Classical Verse, Creating Contemporary Poetry$
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Josephine Balmer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199585090

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585090.001.0001

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Fragmenting the Self: The Word for Sorrow

Fragmenting the Self: The Word for Sorrow

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Piecing Together the Fragments

Josephine Balmer

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines further the creative interactions between contemporary poetry and classical translation through a discussion of Josephine Balmer’s 2009 collection, The Word for Sorrow. This volume intersperses translations of Ovid’s often neglected exile poetry, Tristia, with poems exploring the old, second-hand dictionary being used to translate them. Here classical translation offers a means to approach more universal public grief such as the horror of exile or war, in particular the bloody Gallipoli campaign of the First World War, as well as a way to articulate new roles for translators, such as that of translator-narrator.

Keywords:   Josephine Balmer, The Word for Sorrow, Ovid, exile poetry, Tristia, classical translation, Gallipoli, First World War, translator-narrator

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