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What is translation? On a platter

A poet's pale and glaring head,

A parrot's screech, a monkey's chatter,

And profanation of the dead.

-- VN
I can't imagine anything more delightfully esoteric than seminars on translating Chinese and Egyptian poetry.
Google Translate makes EVERYTHING into poetry. I just read the SLOG-linked article about the Russian grave-robber, which read (under a photo of a mummified corpse in a teddy bear costume): "Ученый превращал трупы в кукол." Translation: "The scientist turned corpses into puppets."
I am already working on the screenplay.