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10544Re: [mythsoc] Heaney's Beowulf or someone's Hiawatha?

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  • Stolzi@aol.com
    Dec 3, 2003
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      In a message dated 12/2/2003 10:40:12 PM Central Standard Time,
      dbratman@... writes:
      >"Hiawatha" is actually called Wenabozho. Longfellow liked the Iroquois name
      >better, apparently, and arbitrarily substituted it for the original name.

      In that, Longfellow showed good taste.
      Well, to YOUR linguistic taste, which is formed by neither of the languages
      under discussion, or, one might grant, for a poem in English. Perhaps
      "Wenabozho" sounds exquisite in the ears of an Ojibwa, and "Hiawatha" awkward.



      Diamond Proudbrook


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