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Poetry and poetics: poets competing in metaphors? Derek Walcott and Claire Malroux.

Abstract : This presentation intends to study Claire Malroux's translation of Derek Walcott's poetry. In an introduction, she brings to the fore its ambiguous situation between two tongues-English and Creole. If the passage into French unbalances the original harmony of Walcott's vision, the presence of Creole in French can be kept with lexemes like mornes or ravines, and the metaphors a priori tinged with Caribbean flavour can preserve their Caribbean wealth. Nevertheless quite a good number of images are also weighted with a specific rhythm, which introduces variations (from metaphor to metamorphosis) whose deep significance reflects their instability. Their translation calls for strategies at once efficiently controlled and freely open to Otherness. As a matter of fact the voice of another poet--Claire Malroux's--as translator may be a precious help but it may also be a handicap. If we read a translated work as a substitute for the original, what can then be the status of a translation written by a poet? Do images belong to one person/tongue? Or can they undergo a linguistic/human transfer without being warped? When "first communion / première communion" invades a "barefooted-town / une ville nu-pieds" and animates the buildings and their "pleated jealousies / jalousies plissées", or when a Sunday becomes a "jour marron" to what extent does Malroux's poetic music respect Walcott's metaphoric Caribbeanness?
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Christine Raguet. Poetry and poetics: poets competing in metaphors? Derek Walcott and Claire Malroux.. Poetry and poetics: poets competing in metaphors? Derek Walcott and Claire Malroux, Dec 2012, Bologna, Italy. ⟨halshs-00808738⟩

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