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Can Poetry Be Translated?

Where imperfect translations are blamed on our lapses of language, Aaron Coleman sees "creative, productive failures." Allow the poet and literary translator to explain with a few tweet-length poems.
We've been devouring your miniature poems in honor of National Poetry Month. Keep tweeting us your verses using the hashtag #NPRpoetry. Source: myillo

Is it possible to translate poetry from one language into another without losing meaning?

To paraphrase Robert Frost — not really. "Poetry is what gets lost in translation," the American poet is often quoted as saying. In other words, the meaning the reader extracts from a poem can never be a replica of the writer's intent.

Then again, I'm

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