By Word of Mouth: Poems from the Spanish, 1916-1959

By Word of Mouth: Poems from the Spanish, 1916-1959

by William Carlos Williams
     
 

The first collection of translations of Spanish and Latin American poetry by William Carlos Williams, containing many previously unknown poems.See more details below

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The first collection of translations of Spanish and Latin American poetry by William Carlos Williams, containing many previously unknown poems.

Editorial Reviews

Edith Grossman
“Jonathan Cohen shows us why translation is crucial to understanding Williams, who approached it as an essential act of poetry. The poet emerges as the first among our modernist writers to see the literary value of translating classical and contemporary verse from both Spain and Latin America. By Word of Mouth makes that clear.”
Paul Mariani
“This book will reinforce the sense of Williams as one deeply invested in the language and rhythm of the New World — North as well as South.”
Wiliam Carlos Williams Review - Peter Schmidt
“Superbly compiled, edited, and annotated by Jonathan Cohen, and with a stimulating preface by Julio Marzán, the bilingual anthology By Word of Mouth is the most important addition to the Williams canon since Christopher MacGowan's edition of Paterson.... Every admirer of Williams' work should own this volume. It does not gather pieces of secondary interest. Rather, Williams’ poems from the Spanish are not just well worth reading in their own right; they will also enhance how we understand Williams' original English-language poetry and his evolution as a writer. Our notion of Williams’ work in 'the American idiom' should be forever broadened and changed because of By Word of Mouth.”
Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas - Jason Weiss
“Almost fifty years after his death, incredibly, the great American poet William Carlos Williams has published his first book of translations. Thanks to Jonathan Cohen, who had the skill and the care — and the awareness — to bring the book into existence, we now have a more complete picture of Williams's poetic practice.”
NewPages - Patrick Dunagan
“A splendid surprise.”
Peter Schmidt - Wiliam Carlos Williams Review
“Superbly compiled, edited, and annotated by Jonathan Cohen, and with a stimulating preface by Julio Marzán, the bilingual anthology By Word of Mouth is the most important addition to the Williams canon since Christopher MacGowan's edition of Paterson.... Every admirer of Williams' work should own this volume. It does not gather pieces of secondary interest. Rather, Williams’ poems from the Spanish are not just well worth reading in their own right; they will also enhance how we understand Williams' original English-language poetry and his evolution as a writer. Our notion of Williams’ work in 'the American idiom' should be forever broadened and changed because of By Word of Mouth.”
Jason Weiss - Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas
“Almost fifty years after his death, incredibly, the great American poet William Carlos Williams has published his first book of translations. Thanks to Jonathan Cohen, who had the skill and the care — and the awareness — to bring the book into existence, we now have a more complete picture of Williams's poetic practice.”
Patrick Dunagan - NewPages
“A splendid surprise.”
Mark Jarman - The Hudson Review
“The great pleasure of By Word of Mouth, Williams’ translations of poems from the Spanish, which he did throughout his career, is reading Williams as he puts on the language of Quevedo, Hernández, Neruda, and Parra, among many others, including his own mother. He saw translation as a way to practice and learn his craft, and in this he both takes part in an ongoing tradition of poetry and sets himself apart from the Modernists we think of as his peers, except for Ezra Pound. This collection is the first record I know of of an ongoing engagement with the poetry of Williams’ first language.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811218856
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
10/05/2011
Edition description:
Bilingual Edition
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
884,359
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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