322 Assignment 2 - Sijia Hao

322 Assignment 2 - Sijia Hao - Sijia Hao CompLit 322 Anton...

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Sijia Hao CompLit 322 – Anton Shammas 23 January 2012 Response Paper #2 The idea of “pure language” that Benjamin explores is a concept that seems to be touched upon regularly in our readings so far – “…intention which no single language can attain by itself but which is realized only by the totality of their intentions supplementing each other: pure language. While all individual elements of foreign languages – words sentences, structure – are mutually exclusive, these languages supplement one another in their intentions. […] words are not interchangeable for them, that, in fact, they strive to exclude each other.” (p.78) I’ve interpreted the idea of “pure language” to mean the true meaning or value of any object, thing, or idea. Absolute truth can never be fully captured by any one interpretation; even the original rendition of a piece of literature can only touch upon its essence tangentially. Any work that is done in symbolic form, like writing, is already an interpretation of a conceptual truth, so translations that have been interpreted using an interpretation of truth can only get further away from the real idea. Ensuing translations of a work should not attempt to – and, according to
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