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Metaphors and Translation

Some Notes on the Description of Pain in a Twelfth Century Persian Poem

Daniela Meneghini    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

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abstract

The question of the translation of the figures of speech is a debated and complex field of studies. In the present work, after a brief introduction, I propose to ponder over with  concrete examples on the translation of some figures of speech (metaphor, comparison and hyperbole) from Persian into Italian, taking as a source and representative text a passage from the poem Khosrow o Širin by Neẓāmi Ganjavi (XII century). This is a text of extraordinary imaginative and creative power, which represents a hard challenge for a translator, especially at a rhetoric level. Through the analysis of some verses that describe the pain of Princess Širin, I will try to verify methods, possibilities, strategies and defeats for their translation into Italian.

Published
Dec. 31, 2018
Accepted
Aug. 27, 2018
Submitted
July 30, 2018
Language
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-312-0
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-311-3

Keywords: MetaphorsFigurative languageClassical Persian poetryTranslationSadness

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