The Kalevala (Oxford World's Classics)
The Kalevala is the great Finnish epic, which like the Iliad and the Odyssey, grew out of a rich oral tradition with prehistoric roots. During the first millennium of our era, speakers of Uralic languages (those outside the Indo-European group) who had settled in the Baltic region of Karelia,... show more
The Kalevala is the great Finnish epic, which like the Iliad and the Odyssey, grew out of a rich oral tradition with prehistoric roots. During the first millennium of our era, speakers of Uralic languages (those outside the Indo-European group) who had settled in the Baltic region of Karelia, that straddles the border of eastern Finland and north-west Russia, developed an oral poetry that was to last into the nineteenth century. This poetry provided the basis of the Kalevala. It was assembled in the 1840s by the Finnish scholar Elias Lönnrot, who took `dictation' from the performance of a folk singer, in much the same way as our great collections from the past, from Homeric poems to medieval songs and epics, have probably been set down. Published in 1849, it played a central role in the march towards Finnish independence and inspired some of Sibelius's greatest works. This new and exciting translation by poet Keith Bosley, prize-winning translator of the anthology Finnish Folk Poetry: Epic, is the first truly to combine liveliness with accuracy in a way which reflects the richness of the original.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Publish date: April 1st 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 679
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Epic Poetry
, Scandinavian Literature
, Finnish Literature
Chances are that if you've heard of this work at all it's because it was the inspiration for Longfellow's Hiawatha, you've just heard about the publication of Tolkien's Story of Kullervo or you're some kind of expert in Epic Poetry. Which is to say it's fairly obscure outside it's native Finnland, ...
ForewordDedicationFinnish PronunciationIntroductionSelect Bibliography--The KalevalaNotesAppendix: Sibelius and the 'Kalevala'
The Kalevala is a strange beast. It was compiled by Elias Lonnrot in the 19th century out of an oral tradition. Lonnrot was deliberately trying to create a national epic, but he appears to have thought that he was rediscovering a lost epic. The result is a strange hybrid between genuine oral tra...
I'm not reading the poem, listening to a programme about it:Storyteller and musician Nick Hennessey travels to Finland to explore the mythical world of the country's national poem, The Kalevala. Blurb: First published in 1835, this 50-chapter epic inspired a 19th-century artistic awakening and remai...