Ms. Difficult: Translating Emily Dickinson

Posted On May 06, 2019

Ms. Difficult: Translating Emily Dickinson

“Attempting to ‘transport’ Emily Dickinson’s poems into Portuguese is a still harder task, because Dickinson’s poetry is notable for its peculiar agrammaticality: unexpected plurals, inverted syntax, and an often complete disregard for gender, person, or agreement between nouns and verbs.”

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Much of the difficulty in Emily Dickinson’s work can be attributed to her distinctive agrammaticality. This quality presents an even greater challenge for the translator.