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Stroking hands over the heart: ten translators and the verse of Gerrit Kouwenaar

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Francis Jones


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This article reports on three aspects of an expert seminar on translating the work of the eminent Dutch poet Gerrit Kouwenaar. Firstly, translator discussions focused largely on issues of word-level equivalence, though the role of the poet's own insights was also discussed. Think-aloud recordings of five translators working on one poem over three drafts gave insights into priorities (largely lexis, but also image and word-sound) and processes. Finally, collaborative translation allowed translators' individual differences in approach to complement each other.

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Author(s): Jones FR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Modern Poetry in Translation

Year: 2006

Volume: 3

Issue: 6

Pages: 158-167

ISSN (print): 0969-3572

Publisher: University of London King's College