Mudcat Café message #301584 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #23696   Message #301584
Posted By: Seamus Kennedy
20-Sep-00 - 03:47 PM
Thread Name: Whistling Gypsy - prejudice?
Subject: RE: BS: Whistling Gypsy
A Áine, I agree. It's not a literal translation, because a literal translation would probably have been cumbersome He captured the spirit of the original, and his internal rhymes are more consistent (and mellifluous). "Ag ceiliúr 's ag ceol agus draíocht ina ghlór," is better than "He whistled and he sang til the green woods rang."

But verse for verse, he pretty much matches the story line, which is what I meant by "direct". Le meas.