The question is how to bring a work of imagination out of one language that was just as taken-for-granted by the persons who used it as our language is by ourselves. Nothing strange about it.
More Quotes from Robert Fitzgerald:In a way you can feel that the poet actually is looking over your shoulder, and you say to yourself, now, how would this go for him? Would this do or not?
Yes, living voices in a living language, so it seemed to us.
The test of a given phrase would be Is it worthy to be immortal To ''make a beeline'' for something. That's worthy of being immortal and is immortal in English idiom. ''I guess I'll split'' is not going to be immortal and is excludable, therefore excluded.
After leaving college and while working on a newspaper and then on a magazine in New York, I wanted not to lose what Greek I had acquired.
That helped me to keep in touch with myself and to keep in touch with this really quite extraordinary language and literature into which I had pushed a little way.
Poetry is at least an elegance and at most a revelation.
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