Sappho to Valéry

John Frederick Nims

Published Date: May 1, 1990

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Poems in Translation
Revised and Enlarged Edition
435 pages


“Nims is graced with a meticulous ear for poetic sound effects as they work to give a poem the uncanniness of a true voice. He knows, therefore, how much in a poem refuses to cross the language border. The wonder remains how much he is yet able to smuggle across.”

—John Ciardi

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