Tag Archives: translation

Sowing the Dragon’s Teeth

Lughnasa                                                           Waxing Honey Extraction Moon Much of yesterday and today spent amongst the Latin text of Metamorphoses.  I translated ten lines of the story of Pentheus.  In my effort to peek behind the curtain of translation I have learned several … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life

Mid-Summer                                                                                                   Waning Garlic Moon “God has no religion.” – Mahatma Gandhi If there is one, Gandhi has it right. Another day of Latin.  This stuff, at least right now, is hard.  It requires holding several different ideas in the head … Continue reading

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Still At It

Spring                                                    Waxing Bee Hiving Moon Below freezing tonight, howling winds all day, gray clouds scudding across the sky.  Ah, Minnesota in springtime. A full day translating Ovid.  I’m now down to verse 201, only 49 verses to go.  I’ll probably … Continue reading

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Ovid and Me

Spring                                                               Waning Bloodroot Moon The Latin work has gone past difficult learning, though there is still that, too, into a different, almost ecstatic place.  Reading the words of another language and making sense, poetry, from them still seems magical to … Continue reading

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Lost in Translation

Winter                                                                    Waning Moon of the Winter Solstice   What happens in the act of translation?  After years of reading translated texts and noticing the often wide discrepancies among various translations of the same underlying words, I have wondered how such … Continue reading

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Still Learning

Samhain                                                                    Waxing Moon of the Winter Solstice The moon light, bright in the southern sky, casts shadows, thin skeletons of trees and shrubs splayed out upon the snow. This Latin stuff is fun.  Going back and forth among dictionaries, grammars, … Continue reading

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