Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Kissing a Bride Through a Veil: Reading Poetry in Translation-Cancelled


Price for Members: $85
Price for Non-Members: $127
Date/Time: Wed. May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9 & 16th     10:30 – 12:30
Instructor: Jannie M. Dresser, M.F.A., English and creative writing, Mills College
Location: ONLINE

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Course Description

The great Israeli poet Yehudi Amicai once suggested that “to read a poem in translation is like kissing a bride through a veil.”  So, for many of us, access to world poetry depends on a translator’s understanding of how veils work in two or more languages.  Ms. Dresser will guide us through reading and listening to 19th and 20th century poems from around the world in differing translations.  She’s aiming for two goals: allowing us to enjoy a wide range of literary voices, and sharpening our appreciation of the translator’s art.  She’ll also encourage students who speak other languages to share their knowledge of poets from their own cultural backgrounds.  It’s time to get past the veil with OLLI and Ms. Dresser. 


Event Details

Date: 2021-05-12

Start time: 10:30 a.m.

End time: 12:30 p.m.



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