the Kalevala was Re: reviews (but not of MC)
Belben, Philip ( Generation )
Philip.Belben at eme.co.uk
Fri Dec 12 11:07:12 EST 2003
> I _did_ read the whole Kalevala in an incredibly irritating
> translation -- it's all in the meter familiar to folk of
> the USofA as that used by Longfellow in _Hiawatha_.
That's the metre of the original. Longfellow got the idea from a German
translation of the Kalevala. The metre works well in Finnish, I
understand, but Longfellow couldn't get it to work in English...
> ['This is the forest primeval, the murmuring pine and the hemlock']
Ugh! That doesn't remotely fit that metre.
> I know there are more recent translations, because
> I bought one, but I haven't read it. In fact, the state of
I borrowed one from the library. All in lines of an odd number of
syllables. Although the translator hadn't aimed for any particular
shape of feet, I kept falling into trochaic tetrameter as I read it, and
then finding I was missing a syllable at the end of the line. Most
Can't remember who the translator was, but I do remember his five-line
summary of the plot from the introduction:
The Sampo gets forged, a rogue screws,
There's a murder, a wedding, the Blues,
A serf bites the dust,
The Sampo gets bust,
And Finland receives the Good News.
> I read _The Eight Days of Luke_ and discovered that
> my paperback didn't have the helpful explanatory
> notes at the end.
Nor does my hardback! Can you elaborate on this?
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