One final note to Translation Principles

My translation philosophy is equal parts Ezra Pound and Jim Henson. While Pound enjoins us to “make it new,” Henson’s Muppet skits encourage us to make it strange, to play the music in the words of Frank Zappa, “with a mustache on it” (no doubt alluding to Dali). Following Dan Remein’s provocative injunction for practicing … Continue reading One final note to Translation Principles

Riddle or Not?: The Shield Speaks

Ic eom anhaga      iserne wund, bille gebennad,      beadoweorca sæd,  ecgum werig.      Oft ic wig seo,  frecne feohtan.      Frofre ne wene,  þæt mec geoc cyme      guðgewinnes,  ær ic mid ældum      eal forwurðe, ac mec hnossiað      homera lafe,  heardecg heoroscearp,      hondweorc smiþa,  bitað in burgum;      ic abidan sceal  laþran gemotes.      Næfre læcecynn  … Continue reading Riddle or Not?: The Shield Speaks

Riddles and Materialism

The plurality of a world of things described in the Exeter Book Riddles seems thwarted by metrical monotony. It is a serious problem that these poems are written using the same meter that appears in all the other written Old English poetry, from Beowulf to the Metres of Boethius. (1) But an important task of … Continue reading Riddles and Materialism