Kalevala | Critical Essay by Keith Bosley

This literature criticism consists of approximately 8 pages of analysis & critique of Kalevala.
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Critical Essay by Keith Bosley

SOURCE: "Translating the Kalevala: Midway Reflections," in Books from Finland, Vol. XIX, No. 1, 1985, pp. 30-33.

In the following essay, written while he was in the process of translating the Kalevala into English, Bosley reflects on the special challenges and responsibilities inherent in that task.

Ilmarinen the smith, eternal craftsman,
forges a fiery eagle, a wivern
of flame: the feet he hammered out of iron,
of steel the talons, wings of a boat's sides.
Up on the wings he clambered, on its back,
the eagle's wingbone tips, there he sat down,
there he commanded: 'Eagle, pretty bird,
fly where I bid you—to the sluggish river
of Death's dark lord, into the fateful gully!
Pounce on the Pike, the scaly monster, smite
the fish that, though well fed, can dart and dodge!' . . .

Nel mezzo del cammin: the half-way point...

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