“Thank-you Note” assignment: Write a one page comparative analysis of these two translations. You need a clear thesis statement with a “so what” as well as one to two body paragraphs. Focus on one or two specific devices or elements through your analysis, using direct quotations for support – refer to both translator and line numbers when you document the quotations: for example (Trzeciak line 2). You do not need a works cited page. “A „Thank You‟ Note” by Wislawa Szymborska Thank-You Note” by Wislawa Szymborska Translated by Joanna Maria Trzeciak Translated by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh I owe so much There is much I owe to those I don't love. to those I do not love. The relief as I agree The relief in accepting that someone else needs them more. they are closer to another. 5 5 The happiness that I'm not Joy that I am not the wolf to their sheep. the wolf to their sheep. The peace I feel with them, My peace be with them the freedom–– for with them I am free, love can neither give and this, love can neither give, nor take that. 10 10 nor know how to take. I don't wait for them, I don't wait for them as in window-to-door-and-back. from window to door. Almost as patient Almost as patient as a sundial, as a sun dial, I understand 15 15 I understand what love can't, and forgive what love does not understand. as love never would. I forgive what love would never have forgiven. From a rendezvous to a letter Between rendezvous and letter is just a few days or weeks, 20 no eternity passes, not an eternity. 20 only a few days or weeks. Trips with them always go smoothly, My trips with them always turn out well. concerts are heard, Concerts are heard. cathedrals visited, Cathedrals are toured. scenery is seen. 25 Landscapes are distinct. 25 And when seven hills and rivers And when seven rivers and mountains come between us, come between us, the hills and rivers they are rivers and mountains can be found on any map. well known from any map. 30 They deserve the credit It is thanks to them if I live in three dimensions, 30 that I live in three dimensions, in nonlyrical and nonrhetorical space in a non-lyrical and non-rhetorical space, with a genuine, shifting horizon. with a shifting, thus real, horizon. They themselves don't realize They don't even know how much they hold in their empty hands. how much they carry in their empty hands. 35 35 "I don't owe them a thing," "I don't owe them anything", would be love's answer love would have said to this open question. on this open topic.
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