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Only poetry cannot be translated well, and therefore it is poets who preserve languages, for we would not bother to learn a language if we could get everything written in it from translation. So, since we cannot witness the beauty of poetry except in the language in which it is composed, we have motivation to learn the language.

The information above provides the LEAST support for which one of the following?

(A) All nonpoetic literature can be translated well.

(B) One purpose of writing poetry is to preserve the language in which it is written.

(C) Some translations do not capture all that was expressed in the original language.

(D) The beauty of poetry is not immediately accessible to people who do not understand the language in which the poetry was written.

(E) Perfect translation from one language to another is sometimes impossible.
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A- "Only poetry cannot be translated well...". So, ' All nonpoetic literature can be translated well. ' is supported by the article.
B- 'One purpose of writing poetry is to preserve the language in which it is written'- No where it is mentioned that what is the purpose of writing poetry . Poets preserve languages- does not mean that purpose of poetry is preserving the language.
Least support.

C- 'Some translations do not capture all that was expressed in the original language' - Supported. Poetry translation is one of them.

D- The beauty of poetry is not immediately accessible to people who do not understand the language in which the poetry was written: Main idea of the article. Fully supported.

E- Perfect translation from one language to another is sometimes impossible.
Least bothered about perfection of translation. OO context.
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Only poetry cannot be translated well, and therefore it is poets who preserve languages, for we would not bother to learn a language if we could get everything written in it from translation. So, since we cannot witness the beauty of poetry except in the language in which it is composed, we have motivation to learn the language.

The argument doesn't talk about the purpose of writing poetry. It merely states the impossibility of a perfect translation and the possibility of not understanding it completely.

The information above provides the LEAST support for which one of the following?

(A) All nonpoetic literature can be translated well. nly poetry cannot be translated well - This supports this inference

(B) One purpose of writing poetry is to preserve the language in which it is written. the purpose of writing poetry is nowhere implied . Correct

(C) Some translations do not capture all that was expressed in the original language. This can be inferred

(D) The beauty of poetry is not immediately accessible to people who do not understand the language in which the poetry was written. This can be inferred

(E) Perfect translation from one language to another is sometimes impossible. This talks about the poetry that is mentioned in the argument
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