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Thread #37073 Message #724107
Posted By: KingBrilliant
06-Jun-02 - 03:56 AM
Thread Name: Translations mutilating songs
Subject: RE: Translations mutilating songs
It seems that the best translations are those which operate at a broader level - ie translating the essence rather than the exact words.
I think that we all tend to pick up different nuances and flavours from a song, and so any such translation is neccessarily filtered. Maybe that's why some translations are irksome - because the beautiful thing that you see in the original has been filtered out. What remains may displease because it is not the same thing that you originally saw - but then it might be the very essence of what the translator saw.