Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Virgil and his Translators$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Susanna Braund and Zara Martirosova Torlone

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198810810

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198810810.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 26 June 2019

‘Only a Poet Can Translate True Poetry’

‘Only a Poet Can Translate True Poetry’

The Translation of Aeneid 2 by Giacomo Leopardi

(p.305) 20 ‘Only a Poet Can Translate True Poetry’
Virgil and his Translators

Giampiero Scafoglio

Oxford University Press

This chapter’s exploration of Giacomo Leopardi’s translation of the Aeneid tackles one of the most debated dilemmas in translation practice: whether or not one has to be a poet in order to translate poetry. Having undertaken the daunting task of translating the Aeneid, Leopardi shows himself to be a good philologist and, at the same time, also comes into his own poetic vocation as his translation progresses. The result of his translation is an impressive achievement, Scafoglio argues, a work that combines literary faithfulness to the original with the rendering of the expressive musicality and elusive fascination of Virgilian verse in Italian.

Keywords:   Giacomo Leopardi, Aeneid Book 2, philological work, poetic translation, aesthetic sensitivity

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .