In a 1997 essay on translation, the writer Harry Mathews cites Marcel Benabou’s version of Keats’s “A thing of beauty is a joy forever”:
Ah, singe débotté, / Hisse un jouet fort et vert!
It’s not quite a translation: the sentence mimics the sound of the original using French words, but in fact means “O unshod monkey, raise a stout green toy!”
Gabriel von Max: Renunciation (date unknown), one of his many paintings of monkeys.
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