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2007年 07月 22日 ( 1 )

松尾芭蕉/ドナルド・キーン訳『英文収録 おくの細道』

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松尾芭蕉(1644-94)
ドナルド・キーン(Donald Keene 1922-)訳
英文収録 おくの細道
講談社(講談社学術文庫)
2007年4月10日・第1刷
760円+税


About 320 years ago, a 46-year-old man and his pupil visited Toyama called Etchu in those days. According to his pupil's diary, they passed through here on August 27th by the solar calender. It was so hot that the master didn't feel well. To make matters worse, there was few peole in Etchu that could understand the master, his journey or life-style. So when he asked where he might stay or which way he should go, no one could make suitable advice to him. He stayed in Etchu for only two days. One night in Namerikawa and the other night in Takaoka.
Later he didn't write a lot about our lovely hometown on his well-known work titled ThE NARROW ROAD TO OKU. He allotted a few sentences and one seventeen-syllabled poem to give his impression of Etchu. He composed 3 poems in Echigo, 11 in Kaga, 5 in Echizen. Most of them were much better than in Etchu. Only one (not famous) in Etchu!
I deeply regret that our ancestors couldn't understand enough who he was. I'm also sorry that he visited in summer not in winter. He could have had a great impression from the scene in winter here.
Yes! His name is MATSUO Basho.
Written by OKUMURA Takanobu

本書はドナルド・キーンの英訳付きの『おくの細道』。1996年に講談社インターナショナルから刊行された本が原本。同氏の「学術文庫刊行にあたって」によると、『おくの細道』は1946/47年頃→1955→1996と翻訳をして、「2006年の今現在に至って、さらにまた一部に改訂を施しました」とのことである。翻訳者として・学者としてのドナルド・キーンさんの持続そして良心に感動します。

で^^気になる「越中での唯一の俳句(芭蕉のときは「俳句」という言葉はなかったが)」の訳ですが、キーンさんは次のように訳されています。
Sweet-smelling rice fields!
To our right as we push through,
The Ariso Sea.
わせの香や分け入る右は有磯海

by tiaokumura | 2007-07-22 17:48 | 富山 | Comments(0)