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Re: OT: Opinions wanted: person of vocatives

From:Joe <joe@...>
Date:Thursday, July 3, 2003, 15:27
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From: "michael poxon" <m.poxon@...>
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Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2003 1:21 PM
Subject: Re: Opinions wanted: person of vocatives

> > Yeats, Poe and Tolkien are on a completely different plain to religion. > > But at one stage, yes, they should be translated. That doesn't mean they > > won't be available untranslated, or that people who want to read the > > original shouldn't be able to (consider Chaucer or Beowulf), but having > > it available in a way that more people will understand is only a good > > thing. > > > Not sure I can go along with this - both Yeats and Tolkien, among many > others, deal with themes which involve religious ideas. And why will > something which will be understood by more people be necessarily a good > thing? This will only be the case if the translation is excellent, and
> occasions are going to be very few and far between. Chaucer, Shakespeare
> al should be read as they were written, though I don't think this applies
> texts (say) in OE, which is no longer intelligible without lengthy
> In these cases, if a translation is done, it should be at the hands of a > sympathetic, skilled linguist - you only have to look at some of the
> that JRRT describes (the one I remember was the description of Heorot as a > "genial saloon" which to my mind conjures up images of out-of-tune
> pianos and cowboys saying "git me a sarsparilla")
And the Bible was written in Greek and Hebrew. Therefore updating the translation from time to time is ptobably a good idea.