Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Poetic Obituaries: In particular, critics praised his translation

of the prose work of the 19th-century poet and philosopher Giacomo Leopardi. The perfect translation of Leopardi's poems would always remain elusive, however.

In 1967, at the literary festival at Spoleto, [Patrick] Creagh acted as interpreter for the Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, who had come at his suggestion. His Italian translation of the American's poem Who Be Kind To was so faithful to the spirit of the original that Ginsberg was questioned by police for three hours, then arrested for obscenity.

from The Telegraph: Patrick Creagh


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