Robert Fitzgerald Quotes


28 Robert Fitzgerald quotes:



"There must of course be a relationship between translating and making poems of your own, but what it is I just don't know."
"Well, maybe so, although I don't think I am particularly gifted in languages. In fact, oddly enough, it may have something to do with my being slow at languages."
"Well, with the French language, which I understood and spoke, however imperfectly, and read in great quantities, at certain times, the matter I suppose was slightly different from either Latin or Greek."
"What the translator - myself in particular - does is not comparable to what the Homeric performer was doing."
"Words began to appear in English and to make some kind of equivalent. For what satisfaction it is hard to say, except that something seems unusually piercing, living, handsome, in another language, and since English is yours, you wish it to be there too."
"Yes, and there were changes of light on landscapes and changes of direction of the wind and the force of the wind and weather. That whole scene is too important in Homer to neglect."
"Yes, living voices in a living language, so it seemed to us."
"Yes, well there again, the work of the imagination originally came out of a particular air that blew over a particular body of water."



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