On the English Translation of Song Ci-Poetry under the “Three-Level Poetry Translation Criteria” - A Case Study of “Green Jade Table: Lantern Festival”

London Journal of Research in Humanities and Social Sciences
Volume | Issue | Compilation
Authored by Wang Feng , Zhang Shuyue, Ni Chuanbi
Classification: FOR Code: 200323, 130201
Keywords: poetry translation; three-level poetry translation criteria; “jade table: lantern festival”; song ci.
Language: English

As one of the quintessence of Chinese literature and culture, Song ci-poetry has great artistic appreciation values. Taking Dr. Wang Feng’s “Three-Level Poetry Translation Criteria” as the theoretical basis, the article analyzed eight English translations of “Green Jade Table: Lantern Festival” by Michael Farman, Xu Yuanchong, Chu Dagao, Xu Zhongjie, Yang Xianyi and Gladys Yang, Liu Guoshan, Zhang Bingxing, and Gong Jinghao, regarding their linguistic, cultural and poetic reproduction of the original ci-poem. The analysis showed that the English translation of Song ci-poetry should take the “Three-Level Poetry Translation Criteria” as a guiding principle to ensure the reproduction of the poetic conception, charm, rhythm and implicit beauty of the Chinese Ci-poetry to better help the Chinese traditional literature and culture to go global.


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