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Volume 10 : 10 October 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

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An Investigation of Davis' Translation of SHAHNAMEH
Rostam and Sohrab Story in Focus

Mohammad Reza Dehbashi M.A. Candidate


Translation is a controversial subject per se, especially in the field of literature and poetry wherein one side it is related to feelings and emotions and, on the other side, to language rules and requirements. Therefore, rendering the message and style of poetic masterpieces like Shahnameh is much more complicated than other types of texts.

In this investigation there is an attempt to compare the translations of Shahnameh by Davis (2007) in terms of semantic features of Persian poetry to see, to what extent, semantic features of Persian poetry and specifically the story of Rostam and Sohrab are kept intact, changed, or lost in the English translation of Shahnameh. To this end, the data were analyzed in terms of loss of translation, gain in translation and also loss of figurative language.

The results showed that in Davis' translation %74 of selected verses were translated correctly (Gain), %2 of Loss in Davis' translation is seen and in %24 of cases the translation has been done with the Loss of figurative language. In other words, he translated them communicatively.

Shahnameh consists of about sixty thousands of couplets and translated by many scholars, so potentially provides a very wide area for those translators who are interested in research and investigation about Persian literature and epic poetry.

Key Words Translation, Epic Poetry, Figure of speech

1. Introduction

1.1 Introduction

Among all translated texts, literary works have been the most problematic. That is due to diversity and versatility among cultures, and variations in languages. Each geographical region of the world has its own traditions and cultural features, pursuant to its own way of communication. In other words, different languages follow different cultures and different attitudes and this discrepancy among languages causes different views toward the world in the speakers of these languages.

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Mohammad Reza Dehbashi, M.A. Candidate
Islamic Azad University
Shahreza Branch

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