Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Great poet, good man …

… To Imagine Excellence by A. M. Juster | Articles | First Things. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

In addition to being one of the best poets of his generation, Wilbur was the finest translator of poetry into English ever to have lived, particularly notable for his translations of Moliere’s plays. Wilbur closely echoed the sound, form, and meaning of the original text, and yet he never lost sight of the need for his words to move an audience. His lyrics transformed Leonard Bernstein’s Candide from a churning mess into an enduring musical.

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