Poetry in Translation
Just how do you translate a poem? Daljit Nagra explores the different approaches and traces the history of translation through the magazine Modern Poetry in Translation.
Just how do you translate a poem? Daljit Nagra explores the different approaches that poets take, and there's more to it than just knowing another language. The Magazine Modern Poetry in Translation was founded by Ted Hughes and Daniel Weissbort in 1965. It's hard to believe that before this British poetry had no real access to work beyond its borders. Modern Poetry in Translation has just changed editorship, and we hear from outgoing editor David Constantine and new editor Sasha Dugdale about the magazine's history and future. Daljit speaks to poets Jo Shapcott, Pascale Petit, WN Herbert and Yang Lian, who share the pleasures and pitfalls of their methods of translation.
Presenter: Daljit Nagra
Producer: Jessica Treen.