The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present

The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present


Edited by Peter Constantine, Edited by Rachel Hadas, Edited by Edmund Keeley, Edited by Karen Van Dyck, Introduction by Robert Hass

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Hardback | 736 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 236mm x 53mm | 1,111g
  • Publication date: 5 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393060837
  • ISBN 13: 9780393060836
  • Illustrations note: 1 map
  • Sales rank: 260,102

Product description

This landmark volume captures three millennia of Greek poetry - more than 1,000 poems and 200 poets. From the epics of Homeric Greece to the historical and erotic ironies of Cavafy, from the romances, hymns and bawdy rhymes of Byzantium to the innovative voices of the twentieth century, this essential companion to the Western literary tradition brings together the diverse strands of the Greek poetic tradition. The favorites are all here but "The Greek Poets" also presents neglected eras from the rise of Constantinople to the end of the Ottoman occupation. The editors present canonical poets such as Sappho and Pindar and modern Nobel laureates Seferis and Elytis. Presenting their own translations, they include the work of past masters such as Robert Fagles and W.S. Merwin along with a younger generation of translators including Anne Carson and Paul Muldoon. It includes an introduction by Robert Hass.

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Author information

Peter Constantine is an awardwinning translator, Rachel Hadas is a noted poet and professor at Rutgers University, Edmund Keeley is a professor emeritus at Princeton University and Karen van Dyck is a professor of Greek literature at Columbia University.

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"It [The Greek Poets]introduces us to the Byzantine, medieval and Romantic voices in a millennial legacy which few other literatures can match. This is a treasure house to be visited and revisited." Times Literary Supplement