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Dan Reynolds Dan Reynolds Male, 56, United Kingdom (10/18/2013 12:26:00 PM)

Hypothetically speaking, imagine this....
If the greatest poem ever written, was scribed in an ancient language, no longer spoken.
The poem was found and translated into English, (or any other language) , whereupon, it was found that, purely by accident, it rhymed.
Would the poem be any less effective for its rhymes, would they embellish and enhance the existing masterpiece,
or would they detract and spoil the original?

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  • Freshman - 1,040 Points Gulsher John (10/18/2013 10:04:00 PM) Post reply
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    JC, do u think that 'languages' (in its origional form) could be translated into other language?
    And i think " Poetry" is the most complex and irritated of all human faculties to be translated verbatim.it's a Gordian knot.
    POETRY is backed by CULTURE, and every culture evolved differently.i.e in time and space

  • Rookie - 629 Points Jefferson Carter (10/18/2013 3:38:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    H, what do you mean " whereupon it was found that, purely by accident, it rhymed" ? If the original were written in rhyme (which would be probable since most early poetry was meant to be recited and rhyme (or other formal devices) was an aide to memory) , the challenge for the translator would be to compose a good poem in ENGLISH; the best translations I've read of any language into English avoid the strait-jacket of form and focus instead on powerfully equivalent diction, figures of speech and tone. The worst translations reproduce the formal aspects of the original. When form deforms, it should be jettisoned.

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    • Rookie - 629 Points Dan Reynolds (10/18/2013 5:13:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      JC, I thought I made it clear, but I'll expand. Let's consider that the original poem did NOT rhyme. The translator did nothing but translate, ver batim. The rhymes were never intended by the author. ... more

  • Rookie - 72 Points Scotty Dogg (10/18/2013 2:46:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    Enhance. I think when a poem is rhymed with skill and subtlety it enhances the beauty and rhythm of it. If it's not done skillfully however, it has the opposite effect. 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' would be an example of the former.

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    • Rookie - 72 Points Dan Reynolds (10/18/2013 5:28:00 PM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

      Welcome to the forum Scotty. You have now expressed an opinion which will either bond or separate you from those you have already communicated with. Irrespective of how that pans out, your opinion is ... more

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