nehemiah, minimalism: giuseppe, ian

Ian Hutchesson mc2499 at
Thu Mar 8 04:54:00 EST 2001

>> In Italy, we still read Dante in the original language.
>Excuse me, I was at pains finding the proper example. My bilingual edition
>Dante is in the original language too. However you may perhaps find a

I'm not sure what you're looking for, but maybe it's an old text revamped

for modern reading, such as one edition of Chaucer I have. Gone goes "Whan
that Aprill with his showres sote/The droghte of Marche hath perced to the
rote" and in comes the bland "When April with his sweet showers has/Pierced
the drought of March to the root". Gone goes the rhythm and cadences, you
can understand it I guess, which is what you were looking for -- an old text
given an overhaul so that it is now appears modern but contains archaisms --
because it was originally old anyway.


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