Can anyone hazard an answer about what VN truly believed about translation?

Dear Charles,

We don't have to guess - - VN wrote some remarkable lines (probably from "An evening of Russian poetry") that is something like:
a parrot's chatter,
the poet's head upon a platter

I'm probably mis-remembering, leaving something out. I'm not really sure about the parrot - - but the John the Baptist imagery is clear in my memory.


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