After Babel: Aspects of Language and Translation by George Steiner

By George Steiner

In his vintage paintings, literary critic and pupil George Steiner tackles what he considers the Babel “problem”: Why, over the process historical past, have people constructed millions of other languages while the social, fabric, and fiscal merits of a unmarried tongue are noticeable? Steiner argues that various cultures’ wants for privateness and exclusivity resulted in every one constructing its personal language. Translation, he believes, is on the very center of human communique, and hence on the center of human nature. From our daily conception of the realm round us, to creativity and the uninhibited mind's eye, to the customarily inexplicable poignancy of poetry, we're regularly translating—even from our local language.

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He was already magnithe period of " Per Arnica ficent in his intermediate period discipline — Lunae " (1917) Silentia others rhetoric, : " We make out of the quarrel with but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry. Unlike the rhetoricians, who get a confident voice from remembering the crowd they have won or may win, we sing amid our uncertainty and, smitten even in the presence of the most high beauty by the knowledge of our solitude, our rhythm ; shudders. I think, too, that no no matter how fine poet, has ever, even in his mere had pleasure and Dowson, friends of my youth, were dissipated men, the one a drunkard, the other a drunkard and mad about women, and yet they had the gravity of men who had found life out and were awakening from the dream; and both, one in life and art and one in art and less in life, had a disordered his life, life, for his end.

As we read all this, we say to ourselves that Yeats, growing grown more credulous. But we come, at the end, to the following passage " Some -will ask if I believe all that this book contains, and I will not know how to answer. Does the word belief, used as they will use it, belong to our age, can I older, has : W. there and think of the world as intimates that, after like another — YEATS B. " set he of symbols like the Irish myths with which he began. Into the personal situation suggested by Yeats's account the it is inappropriate and unnecessary to go of his revelations, : psychological situation seems plain.

His profescounted for something in that aversion. But, in attempting to sum up to myself his tendencies, I allowed myself to formulate them in my own way. Ordinary literature seemed to me comparable to an arithmetic, sion, which he detested, that to say, to is was an attempt to obtain particular results in which the principle from the example but the kind of literature which he had conceived seemed to me it difficult to distinguish axel's castlb 60 analogous to an algebra, for it assumed the intention to emphasise, to conserve and to develop the forms of which language is capable.

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