Re: [mythsoc] Heaney's Beowulf or someone's Hiawatha?
- In a message dated 12/2/2003 10:40:12 PM Central Standard Time,
>"Hiawatha" is actually called Wenabozho. Longfellow liked the Iroquois nameIn that, Longfellow showed good taste.
>better, apparently, and arbitrarily substituted it for the original name.
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.
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