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In 1836, he still does not know the simplest forms of English and renders l. 14 of
Byron's To Ianthe, ... 12 One is obliged to go all the length of an English
Alexandrine to render a Russian tetrameter exactly! Truly, a rare, paradoxical
Eighteenth-century writers, including Karamzin, had tried to render fdles dejoie
by the impossible nimfiradosti, "nymphs of joy." 2 / drdzhki udalte: A difficult
epithet to render. It ranges from such qualifications as "jaunty," "with a rakish air,"
The recurrence of "already" in Russian narrative poetry is a distressing factor to
the conscientious translator, who has to use a heavy trisyllable in order to render
a more or less tautological monosyllable that his author inserted merely as a ...
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I've read another translation before in proper verse, and while I understand that the story's not the same without the rhymes, Nabokov's rendering is, I think, as close to perfection as I will come until I can read the original. Consulter l'avis complet
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