Le ton beau de marot is a sparkling personal and poetic exploration aimed at both the literary and the scientific world and is sure to provoke great excitement and heated controversy among poets and translators critics and writers and those involved in the study of creativity and its elusive wellsprings. Le ton beau de marot in praise of the music of language is a 1997 book by douglas hofstadter in which he explores the meaning strengths failings and beauty of translationthe book is a long and detailed examination of one short translation of a minor french poem and through that an examination of the mysteries of translation and indeed more generally language and consciousness itself. Douglas hofstadter wrote a full length and then some book related to the topic of poetry translation le ton beau de marot in praise of the music of language i am only about half way through this long volume but over and over run across observations or declarations that i find fascinating. Le ton beau de marot in praise of the music of language item preview remove circle le tombeau de ma rose not merely a set of translations of one poem le ton beau de marot is an autobiographical essay a love letter to the french language a series of musings on life loss and death internet archive books. Review le ton beau de marot in praise of the music of language user review michael murray goodreads crazy and frustrating book the painstaking step by step mapping out of its territory leaves one tugging at the reins to get on and yet the journey he takes one on is vast idiosyncratic and so off ones own track and so out of ones comfort zone at times
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