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Title: Maria Iliff u zewg ghanjiet qodma bil-Malti
Authors: Cassar, Mario
Keywords: Maltese poetry -- Translations into English
Maltese language -- Orthography and spelling
Maltese language -- Semantics
Zammit, Giuseppe. Canzonete in lingua maltese -- Criticism and interpretation
Iliff, Maria, 1767-1815. Poems, upon several subjects -- Criticism and interpretation
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: University of Malta. Junior College
Citation: Symposia Melitensia. 2011, Vol.7, p. 103-114
Abstract: Mrs Maria Iliff was an actress, singer, poet, and novelist who, while residing in Malta in 1818, published the book Poems, upon Several Subjects. This slim volume should interest scholars of Maltese literature as it includes what are probably the first two unpublished poems (possibly folk songs) in the vernacular ever to appear in an English-language book. Mrs Iliff also provides a free translation of these poems in English. The same poems are also found in a manuscript entitled 'Canzonete in lingua maltese', compiled some time later, in 1825, by Dr Giuseppe Zammit. This paper compares and contrasts the two versions from an orthographic and textual point ofview, and seeks to shed some light on the character of written Maltese during the early years of British rule in Malta.
ISSN: 1812-7509
Appears in Collections:Scholarly Works - JCMal
SymMel, 2011, Volume 7
SymMel, 2011, Volume 7

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