The Poetical Works of Christopher Smart: Volume V. The Works of Horace, Translated Into Verse…

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byChristopher SmartEditorKarina Williamson

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Published here for the first time since 1767, Christopher Smart's verse translation of Horace was made in the prodigiously creative years between his release from the madhouse and his death. The translation strengthens the impression made by all Smart's later verse of a poet of remarkablelyrical virtuosity and boldness of expression.The translation now emerges as testimony to Smart's tireless creativity and poetic energy, and as a significant contribution to the present reappraisal of Horace's influence on English literature. Smart's contemporaries, however, either ignored the project, or treated it with contempt, and it wasnever reprinted. This edition includes Smart's own critical preface, which is important for its declaration of the writer's principles as translator, and for its unorthodox ideas about poetic language. Karina Williamson's informative introduction discusses Smart's principles and methods in thecontext of eighteenth century attitudes to the translation of clasical works. Full scholarly apparatus is provided, together with a detailed and clarifying commentary which explains Smart's more obscure passages.

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Published here for the first time since 1767, Christopher Smart's verse translation of Horace was made in the prodigiously creative years between his release from the madhouse and his death. The translation strengthens the impression made by all Smart's later verse of a poet of remarkablelyrical virtuosity and boldness of expression.T...

Christopher Smart (1722-1771) was an English poet, whose works include A Song to David and Jubilate Agno, both of which were at least partly written during his confinement in an insane asylum. Karina Williamson is at University of Edinburgh.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.18 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`a model of lucid scholarly exposition ... It is to be hoped that Karina Williamson's excellent new edition will rekindle interest in an unjustly neglected work.'David Hopkins, University of Bristol, Translation and Literature