The Kalevala: The Epic Poem of Finland
1889. The first English translation of Kalevala was published by John Martin Crawford in New York and it stimulated great interest among specialists in the religions of primitive peoples. This collection of 50 cantos was compiled from oral poetry, which for the most part had been recorded among... show more
1889. The first English translation of Kalevala was published by John Martin Crawford in New York and it stimulated great interest among specialists in the religions of primitive peoples. This collection of 50 cantos was compiled from oral poetry, which for the most part had been recorded among the unlettered folk in the backwoods districts of northeastern Finland and those parts of the Russian Province of Archangel where Karelian (a language closely related to Finnish) was spoken. It has since become known to the world as the Finnish national epic.
Publish date: March 19th 2004
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
Pages no: 812
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Epic Poetry
, Scandinavian Literature
, Finnish Literature
I will write a thing and Declare what I have done I have read the Kalevala 49 cantos I have read 50 was the number of the cantos My Mother spoke a thing and declared thus “You cannot read the Kalevala” she said “Such a reading is not for you. Read the books of your home. Not old tales of northern ...
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...