In Love in Another Language Dick Davis is shown to be the outstanding formal poet of his generation, a master of rhyme and metre, a poet worthy of keeping company with the best lyric writers in our tradition. His Collected Poems draws on eight previous publications and includes a section of new work. Davis has also established himself as `the leading translator of Persian literature in our time' (Washington Post) and this volume includes a selection of his celebrated translations.
Davis's original poems evoke the experiences of travel and of living in a culture in which one is a stranger, where empathy is at once difficult and necessary. His translations can be read as a record of his attempts at such empathy, in poetic terms, across centuries and cultures.
Dick Davis was born in Portsmouth in 1945 and educated at Cambridge (ba and ma in English Literature) and Manchester (PhD. in Medieval Persian Literature). He retired from Ohio State University, where he had been Professor of Persian and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, in 2012. As author, translator, or editor, he has published academic works on American and Persian literature, translations from Italian (prose) and Persian (prose and verse), and books of his own poetry.