The Oxford Book of Classical Verse in Translation

Hardcover | October 1, 1995

EditorAdrian Poole, Jeremy Maule

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The debts that English poetry owes to the Classics are massive and various. But they have been richly repaid by the astonishingly inventive tradition of translation to which some of the greatest poets in the English language have contributed, including Chaucer and Jonson, Dryden and Pope,Tennyson and Ezra Pound This anthology presents the wealth of this living tradition as it has never been seen before, ranging from King Alfred to contemporary poets such as Ted Hughes, and from North America to Ireland and Scotland. It offers a vast array of responses to the song, verse, and drama of ancient Greece andRome, and to poets themselves as varied as Homer, Sappho, and Euripides; Virgil, Ovid, and Juvenal. Organized by classical author and text, it runs from the epics of Homer to the late antique world where Greek and Latin writing both faced an emerging Christian culture, and juxtaposes Englishversions, sometimes of the same passage or poem, to dramatize the endless re-animation of one great poetic tradition in and through another.

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The debts that English poetry owes to the Classics are massive and various. But they have been richly repaid by the astonishingly inventive tradition of translation to which some of the greatest poets in the English language have contributed, including Chaucer and Jonson, Dryden and Pope,Tennyson and Ezra Pound This anthology presents...

Adrian Poole is University Lecturer in English at Trinity College, Cambridge. Jeremy Maule is Newton Trust Assistant Lecturer in English, and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:656 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.69 inPublished:October 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0192142097

ISBN - 13:9780192142092

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`This valuable anthology presents classical Greek and Latin verse from Homer to Boethius in a extraordinary variety of translations...One could write much of the history of English poetry with this volume as a starting point, and it is easy to envisage it providing material for imaginativeseminars...The scope of this anthology is admirable, and is the result of wide but unobtrusive research...It would make an ideal present for the student of English or of Classics, but at the same time no experienced scholar in either subject will fail to be surprised, educated and stimulated by it.'RES New Series