193Re: [Authentic_SCA] Vocal music and Languages
- Mar 6, 2001
> Oh, that's another good point. The DRAMA of the original language. LikeI have a point to make though it has nothing to do with music. About a year
> Beowulf in Old English as opposed to modern English.
ago, I judged an A&S competition that my friend was running. Enter in it
was a "10th century Irish poem" and she asked if I could judge it. I took
one look at it and said, "No. I can't. I would give it a terrible score
and I don't think you want that." "Why?" she asked. "Because it's in
I do not believe that you can write a poem in the style of the 10th century
Irish in modern English. It simply doesn't work. You can't write a
Shakespearean sonnet in French because the iambic pentameter gets screwed
up. You can't write a Japanese tanka in English because you can't execute a
makura kotoba. And you can't write "in the style of 10th century Ireland"
in English either. You can't. It's like painting the Mona Lisa with poster
Her Laurel (who was sitting there too) was furious with me, but that is the
beginning of another story...
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