AALITRA, in association with COASIT and the Dante Alighieri Society, presents
Rhyme and Reason in Dante and the Difficulty of Translation A talk by Simon West
COASIT, 199 Faraday Street, Carlton
Tuesday 13 June 2023, 6.30-8pm
Free event. Booking essential here
There’s no rhyme or reason to it, we sometimes say, as if rhyme and reason were two distinct modes of thought. This talk explores the role of rhyme in Dante’s Divine Comedy and poetry more widely, and the challenges of ’non-reasonable’ discourse for translation.
Simon West is the author of five collections of poetry, including Carol and Ahoy, published in the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets, and The Ladder, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. He is also the author of Dear Muses? Essays in Poetry and the editor and translator of The Selected Poetry of Guido Cavalcanti. He lives in Melbourne.
Image: Dante holding the Divine Comedy with scenes from the Divine Comedy and Florence in the background. Fresco by Domenico di Michelino, Florence, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Image sourced from Wikimedia Commons.