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R. Parthasarathy: "A nation renews itself through translation"
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Sep 28, 2005

Indian poet Rajagopal Parthasarathy shares a few of his ideas on translation in this short article:

http://www.skidmore.edu/scope/spring2003/faculty/poems.html


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Translating is opening culture windows Sep 30, 2005

Parrot wrote:

Indian poet Rajagopal Parthasarathy shares a few of his ideas on translation in this short article:

http://www.skidmore.edu/scope/spring2003/faculty/poems.html[/quote]

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Thanks for sharing, Ceci Sep 30, 2005

Unfortunately, the article is very concise, but triggers my curiosity to search more on Rajagopal Parthasarathy. I especially like the part about 'having the translation done by the tongue first, rather than the pen'. So true for the process of literary translation, where success might be related to whether you hear the 'voice' of the text in the target language.

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'Oral' translation as a technique Sep 30, 2005

is a very good method, even - and especially for - those long-winded legal contracts that sound so bad in the original. I always check to see if my final target text admits breathing (i.e., once I've checked for coherence).

A really contagious case I read about was "The Song of Hiawatha". It seems that Longfellow, at the time he wrote it, had fallen under the spell of John Martin Crawford's translation of Finnish folklorist Elias Lönnrot's Kalevala collection. They sounded so alike.

This was the text: http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/kveng/

And here's the Hiawatha e-book: http://www.theotherpages.org/poems/hiawatha.html

Go figure if it was catching


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