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Re(6):Translations of The Odyssey
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[QUOTE] [URL=https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/02/magazine/the-first-woman-to-translate-the-odyssey-into-english.html]Article link![/URL] [/QUOTE] That was an interesting read! In the version I have, the French says "Ulysses of the 1000 turns", which also reads as "Ulysses of the 1000 tricks". That's a rather good way to stay close to the original while sounding cool and engaging? It's obviously pure chance that French would have a word that would have these two meanings, so more power to us I guess. The question I have about Homer is that, if I recall correctly, his poems were supposed to be sung during banquets. So what form should the translation take? Is making the translation easy to read, because the XXIth century audience will consume the text as a book, a betrayal of the text for the sake of convenience? Translating any poetry into prose is a weird choice in general, so why is it OK for Homer? Is considering the Iliad as a poem even OK, since it was sung, not read? I mean, of course, there's so much action and adventure happening in Homer, and our way of consuming narrative fiction is via prose much more than poetry/song, so making a book out of it makes sense for us. But as readers, we need to keep in mind that a choice that is being made, a choice that excludes all the musicality of Homer and gives us a truncated vision of what the Iliad and the Odyssey were. I think several musical artists have used the Odyssey as a motif for an entire album. I'm not sure if any of them has gone all the way to translate and adapt the original's text into lyrics, or if they were just writing original songs around the events of the poem, but that might be a more faithful, if clunky and inconvenient, way of adapting the poems. I wonder if one day prose will be as obsolete as poetry is today, and a visual medium such as our movies will have entirely replaced prose as a medium for narrative fiction.
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