The Witch on a Vespa (and the Case of the Kinetic Potatoes) : Nonsense Strategies and Translation of Kirsi Kunnas's Poem "Mr Pii Poo"

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Happonen , S 2017 , ' The Witch on a Vespa (and the Case of the Kinetic Potatoes) : Nonsense Strategies and Translation of Kirsi Kunnas's Poem "Mr Pii Poo" ' , European Journal of Humour Research , vol. 5 , no. 3 , pp. 82-91 . https://doi.org/10.7592/EJHR2017.5.3.happonen

Title: The Witch on a Vespa (and the Case of the Kinetic Potatoes) : Nonsense Strategies and Translation of Kirsi Kunnas's Poem "Mr Pii Poo"
Author: Happonen, Sirke
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Education
Date: 2017-12
Language: eng
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: European Journal of Humour Research
ISSN: 2307-700X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/230835
Abstract: It has been suggested that in nonsense literature the form sometimes directs the events of the story (Tigges 1988, Lecercle 1994). Translation of a poem may make this even more evident, as with "Mr Pii Poo" (1956, originally “Herra Pii Poo”), a poem by the Finnish author Kirsi Kunnas, born in 1924. "Mr Pii Poo" tells a story of a magician in a conflict between rural and urban elements, a figure who is introduced also as a witch and who could at the same time be interpreted as an alter ego for the poet Kunnas. In this poem, Kirsi Kunnas binds a bizarre bundle of rhymed and free verses around the Finnish word noita (a witch) and its multiple uses as a noun, a pronoun and a case ending. Sirke Happonen discusses nonsense elements of this witty and whimsical poem by describing its translation process from Finnish into English – a piece of work she has done with the help of her nonsensical colleagues. As a collocation, Happonen presents a "movable reading" of another poem by Kunnas called “Kattila ja perunat”, "The Pan and the Potatoes". Keywords: nonsense verse, translation, performance.
Subject: 6122 Literature studies
poetry
children's literature
translation
nonsense
516 Educational sciences
children's literature
culture
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