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Od negacji do afirmacji. Poetyka negacji w wierszu Widok z ziarnkiem piasku Wisławy Szymborskiej i jego angielskim przekładzie Stanisława Barańczaka i Clare Cavanagh

Stanisz, A; (2017) Od negacji do afirmacji. Poetyka negacji w wierszu Widok z ziarnkiem piasku Wisławy Szymborskiej i jego angielskim przekładzie Stanisława Barańczaka i Clare Cavanagh. Przekładaniec , 2016 (32) pp. 271-294. 10.4467/16891864pc.16.016.6556. Green open access

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to analyse the poem Widok z ziarnkiem piasku by Wisława Szymborska and its translation into English by Stanisław Barańczak and Clare Cavanagh (View with a Grain of Sand), paying special attention to the key poetics of negation. The article focuses on the problem of “possible worlds.” Looked at from the point of view of linguistics, literary studies, and translation studies, the poem is demonstrative of the variety of forms of negation and their semantic functions used in Szymborska’s entire oeuvre. The conclusion is that Szymborska uses not only negations on the formal, i.e. grammatical level, but also on the semantic and pragmatic levels, and in this way conveys the main meanings of her poems. The analysis of the English translation shows that the role of negations is similar: the translators use numerous and various forms of formal and semantic negation, but they lack pragmatic negation. The translation thus lacks one of the most central messages of the poem: Szymborska values the richness of human existence much more than the empty existence of other beings.

Type: Article
Title: Od negacji do afirmacji. Poetyka negacji w wierszu Widok z ziarnkiem piasku Wisławy Szymborskiej i jego angielskim przekładzie Stanisława Barańczaka i Clare Cavanagh
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4467/16891864pc.16.016.6556
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4467/16891864pc.16.016.6556
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution‐NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
Keywords: Wisława Szymborska, Stanisław Barańczak, Clare Cavanagh, poetics of negation, possible worlds, literary translation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10082834
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