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World Literature, language, word play, poetry, translation, Imants Ziedonis, Frank Stanford


In this episode, Ivars Šteinbergs—a graduate student in the Comparative Literature Department at Binghamton—tells us his thoughts on how the use of language (word-play, metaphor, etc.) become literature. He reads us his own translations of Latvian poet, Imants Ziedonis, and explains how modern poetry that has been influenced by classic literature/ancient texts allows students to access the classics in a different way. He gives us an example of this process by reading an excerpt of The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You by Frank Stanford that he assigned with passages about the last supper in the Bible.