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Thread #69564 Message #2407742
Posted By: Joe Offer
07-Aug-08 - 01:55 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Und was bekam des Soldaten Weib? (Brecht
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Und Was Bekam des Soldaten Weib
Well, it's not only Cooper who translated it "wife" - It's "The Wife of the Soldier" in the Steeleye Span version. I think Brecht commonly uses archaic German words that have taken on a meaning of ill repute - kind of a double-entendre, I think.
Yes, "wife" is a legitimate translation, but there is a second meaning not-so-subtly hidden in the text.