Overt translation strategies in the histories of Robert Lowell and Ezra Pound

Anthony Pym


The present article analyzes the overt translation strategies in Robert Lowell’s Imitations and Ezra Pound’s The Cantos, indicating the conscious use of error as a compositional principle for the construction of knowledge through the distance of foreign documents.


Overt Translation Strategies; Robert Lowell; Imitations; Ezra Pound; The Cantos

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5007/2175-8026.2019v72n2p399

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