In the Preface, Donohue writes about his master plan to attune his translation to twenty-first century audiences' and actors' English and staying close to the original French, while avoiding the pitfalls of Wilde's French idiolect on the one hand and Douglas's archaisms
on the other: he wanted to "find out whether or not an up-to-date, colloquial yet spare English translation of Wilde's consciously stylized French .
The subject of archaisms
was already a matter of scholarly debate during the Renaissance.
In the streets of Krusevo you encounter people in traditional clothes, Macedonian revolutionaries and Ottoman soldiers and you hear a language filled with archaisms
This new translation seeks to 'free the text from the archaisms
and corrosive quaintness of older English versions' and 'to get to the essential meaning of the original'.
He eschews archaisms
and abandons the cumbersome practice of literal translation in favor of transporting the overall meaning in order for readers to find contemporary, palpable relevance.
But I believe, for my part, that this is an additional reason for us to stay the course, especially as archaisms
are, as we all know, still legion among us.
The linguistic archaisms
might reflect either the age of the manuscript or cautious transmission of the text.
Soyinka's obscurantism would seem more readily explainable in terms of his fidelity to Hopkins butchery of English syntax and semantics, and to his deliberate choice of Shakespearean and other archaisms
as models for his poetic diction.
At the heart of this debate, he argues, are different visions of the epic both of which reveal their author's visions of modernity: Arnold endorses translations that emphasize transhistorical categories like heroism and nobility in order to obscure the poetry's barbaric past, while Newman's tortured archaisms
emphasize the alterity of Homeric times in order that they perform work similar to Scott's poems.
The narrative resorts at least once to the alarming archaisms
race (31) to refer unreflectively to Jews, and Jews to refer to New Christians (73).
In an important respect, Robinson recognizes that in a better-educated world, "careful replacement of archaisms
and correction of mistakes would be desirable"--but "the text of KJV has been fixed," even as to spelling and punctuation
Behrens has fashioned a beautiful idiom for his book, studded with slippery archaisms
and mournful, musical refrains.
A good poet takes risks, and sometimes distance is a better preservative than mummified archaisms
An isolated community is likely to develop eccentric linguistic features or to preserve archaisms
that are lost elsewhere.
Our subtle and beautiful English language is so full of archaisms
that it is extremely difficult to get to grips with, even for the natives and if we want all our children to read and write effectively, a complete overhaul of its spelling is long overdue.