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Mannen med den blå gitarren by Wallace Stevens, and Klippan och andra dikter by Wallace Stevens
(Department of English, Stockholm University)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3911-4908
2013 (English)In: Wallace Stevens Journal, ISSN 0148-7132, E-ISSN 2160-0570, Wallace Stevens Journal, ISSN 0148-7132, Vol. 37, no 1, 115-119 p.Article, book review (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Having spent some time now with the two recent Swedish translations of "The Man with the Blue Guitar," I am at a loss about which to prefer: the beauty of inflections or the beauty of innuendoes. Although my allusion might seem labored, Stevens' opposition from "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" is in fact applicable to Olle Thörnvall's and Ingmar Simonsson's translations. The former is eminently attuned to the iambic pattern and sonic pitch of Stevens' poem, presenting an attempt to translate the lyrics while keeping the tune. By contrast, the latter, which is part of a larger collection of translated poems, cannot be strummed on Swedish guitars. Simonsson's version is an attempt to do justice, above all, to the semantic polysemy of the words.

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Baltimore, Maryland, 2013. Vol. 37, no 1, 115-119 p.
Keyword [en]
Wallace Stevens, poetry translation, Swedish
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Humanities and the Arts Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-141957DOI: 10.1353/wsj.2013.0008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-141957DiVA: diva2:1089896
Available from: 2017-04-21 Created: 2017-04-21 Last updated: 2017-04-21

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