Sam Heie: Unit 7, Assignment 1

My AT group discussed the similarities and differences we found between the two translations. We came to the consensus that Thomas’ translation was probably a more accurate portrayal of the original Russian used in the poem, but Anderson’s was adapted to the English poetic repertoire.

I think that the Anderson translation conveyed the message of the original poems in a more comprehendible way. The language was less obscure and I was able to interpret it. Thomas’ translation seemed to be representative of the original language, but it lacked the clarity of Anderson’s translation.

!: Broad censorship shows how important having an uncontested ideological monopoly was to maintain and preserve power.

?: What is it about Russian culture that idolizes poetry more so than other countries?

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