A Trail for Singers: Finnish Folk Poetry : Epic

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Matti Kuusi, Keith Bosley
Finnish Literature Society, 1995 - Social Science - 309 pages
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A Trail for Singers presents a selection of the ancient epic poetry of the Baltic-Finnish region, from Estonia in the south to Finnish and Russian Karelia in the north. Springing from the same background as the more famous Kalevala, the Finnish national epic', the 148 poems in this book bring alive the vanished world of the hunters and fishermen of Karelia and the serfs of Ingria, bound to the land. From ancient myths about the origin of the universe to an eighteenth-century elegy sung to army recruits as they left home, the poems take the readers back to an age when shamanism was still prevalent and show how Christianity replaced the old beliefs. At the same time they are a testimony to the power of the human imagination and to man's need for art.

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Contents

TRANSLATORS NOTE
15
PRONUNCIATION
19
PROLOGUE
20
THE CREATION I
22
THE WOUND
27
THE TASKS
29
THE SMITH
30
FIRE
31
DEATH ON THE PROWL II
183
THE WIDOW I
184
THE WIDOW II
185
THE DEATH OF ELINA
186
THE FAITHFUL BRIDE 1
190
THE FAITHFUL BRIDE II
191
DEATH OF THE BRIDE I
192
DEATH OF THE BRIDE II
193

THE SINGING MATCH 1
33
THE SAMPO I
37
THE COURTSHIP I
51
THE GIFT I
60
THE GIFT II
63
THE GOLDEN BRIDE 1
65
THE GOLDEN BRIDE II
67
THE KANTELE I
69
THE KANTELE II
71
THE KANTELE III
72
THE VOYAGE I
74
THE VOYAGE II
77
THE SPELL I
80
THE SPELL II
82
30THEVISITTOTUONELA
87
SUN AND MOON II
88
SUN AND MOON III
90
LEMMINKAINEN I
93
LEMMINKAINEN II
97
LEMMINKAINEN III
102
KAUKAMOINEN 1
104
KAUKAMOINEN II
109
THE BOND I
112
THE BOND II
113
THE ORPHAN I
115
THE ORPHAN II
117
THE ORPHAN III
119
THE INCEST I
121
THE INCEST II
122
THE SOWER I
123
THE SOWER II
125
THE BEAR
127
49THEOAKI
130
THE GREAT OX
131
THE GREAT PIG
132
THE ELK I
133
THE ELK II
134
ELKAND SNAKE
136
THE FISHING
137
LEAVETAKING I
139
THE MESSIAH I
140
THE MESSIAH II
145
THE MESSIAH III
148
THE MESSIAH IV
151
ST STEPHEN
155
ST CATHERINE I
157
ST CATHERINE II
158
66STHENRYI
162
THE TREE
164
THE FOREST
165
THE FOUNDLING I
166
THE FOUNDLING II
167
THE MAID AND THE DRAGON 1
169
THE MAID AND THE DRAGON II
170
THE MAID AND THE DRAGON III
171
MAGDALEN 1
172
MAGDALEN II
174
SERF AND MASTER 1
176
SERF AND MASTER II
178
SERF AND MASTER III
179
DEATH ON THE PROWL I
182
THE PRIESTKILLER
195
THE INTRUDERKILLER
197
THE HUSBANDKILLER
198
THE FORSAKEN MAID I
199
THE FORSAKEN MAID II
200
THE FORSAKEN MAID III
201
THE WIFEKILLER I
203
THE WIFEKILLER II
204
THE DAUGHTERKILLER 1
206
THE DAUGHTERKILLER II
208
THE DAUGHTER
210
THE SON
211
THE MOTHER
213
THE DYING MAID I
215
THE DYING MAID II
216
THE HANGED MAID I
218
THE HANGED MAID II
220
THE LOSS I
221
THE LOSS II
222
THE LOSS III
223
THE LOSS IV
224
THE DANCE
225
THE SUITORS FROM THE SEA I
227
THE SUITORS FROM THE SEA II
228
THE SUITORS FROM AFAR
230
THE FOUL MAID
231
THE THIEF AS SUITOR
232
THE USELESS BRIDEGROOM
234
THE CRANE I
235
THE CRANE II
236
THE EARLYRISER
237
FINDING A HUSBAND
239
THE UNWELCOME VISITOR
241
THE UNHAPPY BRIDE I
243
THE UNHAPPY BRIDE II
245
THE WATERCARRIER 1
246
THE WATERCARRIER II
249
THE MAID AND THE BOAT I
251
THE MAID AND THE BOAT II
252
THE MAID AND THE BOAT III
254
BOY AND CLOUD I
256
BOY AND CLOUD II
257
MAID AND CLOUD
258
THE LOST BRUSH
259
THE LOST GOOSE 1
260
THE LOST GOOSE II
261
THE LOST BROTHER I
262
THE LOST BROTHER II
263
THE WARRIORS DEPARTURE 1
264
THE WARRIORS DEPARTURE II
265
THE WARRIORS DEPARTURE III
266
NEWS OF DEATH I
267
NEWS OF DEATH II
269
THE WARRIOR
270
DUKE CHARLES
272
144JACOB PONTUS
274
IVAN
275
CHARLES XII
276
MOTIF INDEX
293
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About the author (1995)

Matti Kuusi was professor of Finnish and comparative folk poetry studies in the University of Helsinki from 1959 to 1977.

Keith Bosley born in 1937 is an English poet and translator. His other translations from Finnish include the Kalevala, a selection from the Kanteletar (both Oxford University Press) and The Great Bear, an anthology of Finno-Ugrian oral poetry (Finnish Literature Society). He is also the translator of A Trail for Singers (Finnish Literature Society).

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