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The Poetry of TranslationFrom Chaucer & Petrarch to Homer & Logue$
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Matthew Reynolds

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199605712

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605712.001.0001

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Translating an Author

Translating an Author

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(p.120) (p.121) 14 Translating an Author
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The Poetry of Translation
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Matthew Reynolds

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605712.003.0014

Dryden's practice, and that of his contemporaries, was characterized by the idea that they were translating an ‘author’ rather than a text. This metaphor expressed a particular practice of ‘imagining‐in’ via translation which I illustrate by comparing Dryden's translation from Homer with that of William Cowper (1791). To Cowper, the metaphor of translating an author seemed merely wilful; he adopted instead a metaphor of ‘adherence’ which (I show) grew in popularity during the early decades of the nineteenth century.

Keywords:   John Denham, Katherine Philips, Dryden, William Cowper, Homer, author, Shelley, adherence, metaphor

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