Lainnir a' Bhauirn: The Gleaming Water : Essays on Modern Gaelic Literature

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Duanairean Gàidhlig, poilitigs an eadar-theangachaidh
agus taisbeanadh na Beurla: ath-sgrùdadh

Wilson McLeod

Ann an 1998 sgrìobh mi aiste caran connspaideach san iris litreachail Chapman air ceistean co-cheangailte ri eadar-theangachadh bàrdachd Ghàidhlig, agus gu h-àraidh cruth nan co-chruinneachaidhean dà-chànanach a bha a’ sìor fhàs na bu chumanta aig an àm. Cha robh mi a’ càineadh eadar-theangachadh a-muigh ’s a-mach, mar a bha cuid a’ dèanamh dheth; bha mi a’ moladh gum bu chòir bàrdachd Ghàidhlig a thaisbeanadh ann an diofar dhòighean, is chan ann dìreach mu choinneimh teacs Bheurla a bha, an sùilean cuid co-dhiù, na dhàn seach na eadar-theangachadh.

’S e a chuir gu sgrìobhadh mi cruth trì co-chruinneachaidhean bàrdachd — le Meg Bateman, Rody Gorman agus Aonghas MacNeacail — a chaidh fhoillseachadh leis a’ chompanaidh Polygon ann an 1996 agus 1997. Cha robh ach fìor bheag de Ghàidhlig ri fhaicinn anns na leabhraichean seo. Cha robh facal Gàidhlig air an còmhdach-cùil, a mhìnich nàdar an leabhair agus a thug seachad eachdraidh-beatha ghoirid air an ùghdar; nochd a h-uile teacs dà uair, air an làimh chlì agus air an làimh dheis, anns an aon seòrsa clò (leis a’ Bheurla air an duilleig dheis, a tha a’ glacadh sùil an leughadair). A rèir coltais b’ iad na bàird fhèin a rinn na teacsaichean Beurla, ach cha deach sin innse. Dh’agair mi mar a leanas:

Presenting this poetry in such a fashion has serious consequences. The
two texts can be understood as two functionally equivalent versions of
the same thing, the same ideal ‘original’ — the difference being essen-
tially one of format, like the difference between the compact disc and
the vinyl version of ‘the same’ record. Or the two texts can be seen as two
distinct and different compositions, two ‘originals’ of essentially identical
legitimacy and importance, each the fruit of the author’s labour, and not
necessarily dependent on one another. What no longer seems a realistic

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