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Mahn, Gabriela. 1986. Poetic thought: from philosphy to translation. In Kummer, Karl, ed. Building bridges. Medford: Learned Information. pp. 347–354.
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This paper deals with philosophical aspects of language and the translation of poetic work; the thought processes of poet and translator and how these processes are interpreted by Martin Heidegger and Hans-Georg Gadamer. The ideas of these two philosophers have a bearing on the work of a translator because they are instrumental in helping the translator attain a full understanding of a text. Selected poems by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda were chosen to exemplify some of the ideas expounded by the above mentioned philosophers.
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