Creative Writing Program Director and Professor of the Arts Karl Kirchwey Featured in Wall Street Journal

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 9:52 am.

kirchwey_thumbCreative Writing Program Director and Professor of the Arts Karl Kirchwey, who is currently serving as the American Academy in Rome’s Andrew Heiskell Arts Director, is featured in this Wall Street Journal article about the difficulty of translating works of poetry. The article focuses on Kirchwey’s recent translation of Paul Verlaine’s Poems Under Saturn.

From the article…
“Though the project began as ‘a kind of accident’ in Mr. Kirchwey’s Bryn Mawr writing classes four years ago, it quickly engaged his imagination. ‘It was something that overtook me,’ he admits. Early on he resolved, against conventional wisdom, to attempt to convey the music of Verlaine’s French as closely as possible. That meant reproducing his rhyme schemes without falling into doggerel or resorting to padding, filling out lines for the sake of a rhyme—the besetting sins of most previous translators of Verlaine.”

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