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Re: The only way to read it is in the original. Most of it is poetry. Camilla Send a noteboard - 18/01/2010 07:53:05 AM
Poetry really can't and shouldn't be translated. It has so much to do with the SOUND of words that it is best in its original language. Of course, most people reading it in Middle English will still end up applying a pronunciation that is similar to modern English, but it's closer and better.

I finally finished Monte Cristo, by the way. Why would anyone ever want to read it a second time?


Lumping anything written in meter and verse into the group "poetry" that cannot be translated is a bit ... something. Mallarmé, maybe. Chaucer? I find it hard to believe. I have read some of it in the original, and I did not find that much difference. It may be that this is a very good translation, and I am fairly sure it helps that it is translated into a later version of the same language.

I know my enjoyment of it would have been impaired if I were to read it all in Middle English: it is too close to Norwegian. When I read in English, I think in English; and when I read in Norwegian, I think in Norwegian. And when I read something that looks like English with random Norwegian in an odd spelling, my brain goes kaplooi.
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The only way to read it is in the original. Most of it is poetry. - 18/01/2010 12:14:03 AM 804 Views
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Re: The only way to read it is in the original. Most of it is poetry. - 18/01/2010 07:53:05 AM 826 Views
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