A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on translation, description, and language

This word "description" may be disconcerting when used to refer to what is generally called a translation. But when one wishes to render a verbal creation (as opposed to a didactic statement) from one language to another, he is confronted with two equally unsatisfactory choices. He may, according to his talents, elaborate a similar, but never identical creation, or he may describe that creation as completely as possible in his own language.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: vi..vii

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