Tales from Ovid: 24 Passages from the MetamorphosesPaperback
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- Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
- Format: Paperback | 272 pages
- Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 18mm | 318g
- Publication date: 30 March 1999
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0374525870
- ISBN 13: 9780374525873
- Edition statement: Pbk.
- Sales rank: 86,733
The "Metamorphoses" of Ovid stands with the great works of Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Milton as a classic of world poetry. Ted Hughes, one of the most admired and widely read of living poets, has now translated twenty-four stories from the "Metamorphoses." The result, "Tales from Ovid," is the most vigorous and supple twentieth-century version of this foundational work, at once a delight for the Latinist and an appealing introduction to Ovid for the general reader. Writing in clear, emphatic unrhymed verse, Ted Hughes has transformed Ovid's Latin poetry into English, giving us not only a new Ovid but a substantial new work of poetry in English, and one that speaks to our time much the way the Latin "Metamorphoses" did to Ovid's.
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Ted Hughes was Poet Laureate of England and the author of many books of poetry. His works include "Phedre," "Birthday Letters," and "Oresteia of Aeschylus," among others. He died in 1998.
"Brilliantly succeeds at bringing Ovid's passionate and disturbing stories to life."--James Shapiro, " The New York Times Book Review" "One of the few unquestionable successes in the revolutionary vein Pound opened at the start of the century."--Donald Lyons, "The Wall Street Journal" "Hughes is as broad as Ovid and as subtle, as violent and as erotic, as elegant and as folksy-and often all at the same time. It is simply a beautiful match."--Michael Hofmann, "The Times "(London)