Datum: 25. März 2004 19:35
"Land of the Pygmy Indians" zitiert Hiawatha von HW Longfellow. Versmass und Umgebung sind perfekt getroffen. CB vom Besten!
Zur Frage Hiawatha selbst spricht der Anglist:
Hiawatha ist eine literarische Gestalt, das Versmass der finnischen Kalevala entliehen. Seine Darstellung deutet auf Stammeszugehörigkeit zu den Ojibway hin, die dem riesigen Volk der Sioux angehören.
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And here's to our Norwegian friend:
One of his (Longfellows) most recognizable works is The Song of Hiawatha, based on an accumulation of American Indian stories and legends. Much of this work was based on The Myth of Hiawatha compiled by Jane and Henry Rowe Schoolcraft. Henry was a historian, explorer, and geologist who was superintendent of Indian affairs for Michigan from 1836 to 1841. Jane was an Ojibway indian ... The Ojibway, and northwestern Michigan, would serve most of a century later as the background for Ernest Hemingway's Nick Adams stories (a character who bears several parallels to Hiawatha).
Longfellow spent nearly a year and a half on Hiawatha, finishing in November of 1855. The meter he used was based on a Finnish epic poem called the Kalevala. To truely appreciate the measured sound of it, I recommend listening to Maddy Prior's vocals on the second movement of Mike Oldfield's recording Incantations.
...or read "Land of the Pygmy Indians" aloud to yourself.
Stay clean and study hard (read Carl Barks!)
Nichts für ungut, Constantin