Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Banalata Sen

My translation of the Bengali classic poem Banalata Sen, by Jibanananda Das. As one can see, my strategy was ot lean ehavily on borrowings from the English poetic tradition to conjure a sense of "antiquity"--always a difficult quality to project across languages and cultures!

2 comments:

kcm said...

Oh wow! Nice translation. Didn't know you were fluent in Bengali.

Nicholas Birns said...

I am not, as I should have made clear, my friend Hassanal Abdullah did the literal and I styled it up....