[Milton-L] "Yet with a pleasing sorcery could charm Pain"

Salwa Khoddam skhoddam at cox.net
Wed Oct 22 09:43:21 EDT 2014

Dear Milton list member,
Forgive me for posting something that should have been sent only to Dario.
No excuses,

Salwa Khoddam PhD
Professor of English Emerita
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Email: skhoddam at cox.net
Author of Mythopoeic Narnia: Memory, Metaphor,
and Metamorphoses in C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles
of Narnia

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[mailto:milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of Dario Rivarossa
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:01 AM
To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu
Subject: [Milton-L] "Yet with a pleasing sorcery could charm Pain"

>I wonder about how you are translating the title.  _Segreto_ is in the 
>singular, no? And I think most English titles would rearrange the words 
>as _The Secret of the Old Wood_

Dear Jamela, you're right, but I hate 'flat' translations, so I tried to
update the wording a bit.

>And what you describe as different about Buzzati's melancholy,  . . .
actually sounds to me rather like the elegiac treatment of Tolkien's
Lothlorien and the exodus of the elves to the West.

This is in fact a major analogy between the two. But in Tolkien there is
somehow Providence at work, a great history developing, etc., while in
Buzzati there isn't any. The difference is clear in the books themselves,
not in my poor summary. But wait, an English version of Buzzati's book "A
Tartar Steppe" is available: though it is not a fantasy novel, it will prove
useful in order to getting familiar with his feelings and atmospheres.

With many thanks

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