Paul Verlaine in English and Chinese

 Il pleure dans mon coeur                 Paul Verlaine   Il pleure dans mon coeur               My heart is weeping Comme il pleut sur la ville              Like the rain in town Quelle est cette langueur         …

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Session 4: Bad People and Good Poets

Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot, reputed to be anti-Semites come to mind when Alice mentioned a Korean poet whose work is being deleted from textbooks in Korea because of a sexual harassment scandal.  Alice described the poet's words as exquisite.  She was obviously torn between admiration for the man's work and distress about his…

A Study in Translation

One of our members, Helen Lam brought us two of her translations of a Lao Shu poem.  Helen is a native Chinese speaker and a French student. The translations, her first tries are in English and French. Helen sought her French teacher's approval before offering this to the group. She said to me, Mary, you…