Content-derivative Form

Content-derivative Form (or Organic Form)



A term used by Holmes to denote one of four possible approaches open to a translator when faced with the problem of rendering verse form in TL. A content-derivative form is one which is created when a translator “starts from the semantic material, allowing it to take on its own unique poetic shape as the translation develops”. In other words, such a TL from is in no way a reflection of the ST form, but is rather a form which has been allowed to develop “organically” from “the inward workings of the text itself”.