Translating an Author

Matthew Reynolds

in The Poetry of Translation

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199605712
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731617 | DOI:
Translating an Author

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Dryden's practice, and that of his contemporaries, was characterized by the idea that they were translating an ‘author’ rather than a text. This metaphor expressed a particular practice of ‘imagining‐in’ via translation which I illustrate by comparing Dryden's translation from Homer with that of William Cowper (1791). To Cowper, the metaphor of translating an author seemed merely wilful; he adopted instead a metaphor of ‘adherence’ which (I show) grew in popularity during the early decades of the nineteenth century.

Keywords: John Denham; Katherine Philips; Dryden; William Cowper; Homer; author; Shelley; adherence; metaphor

Chapter.  2732 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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