The Oxford Book of Classical Verse in Translation

The Oxford Book of Classical Verse in Translation

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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 the many contemporary poets here generously represented, and from North America to Ireland and Scotland. It offers a vast array of responses to the song, verse and drama of ancient Greece and Rome, 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 face an emerging Christian culture, and juxtaposes English versions, sometimes of the same passage or poem, to dramatize the endless re-animation of one great poetic tradition in and through another.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 40.64mm | 1,133.98g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • references, index
  • 0192825283
  • 9780192825285

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"Lovers of the classics and English poetry will happily lose themselves in this book for hours on end."--Booklist "Lovers of the classics and English poetry will happily lose themselves in this book for hours on end."--Booklist "Lovers of the classics and English poetry will happily lose themselves in this book for hours on end."--Booklist "Lovers of the classics and English poetry will happily lose themselves in this book for hours on end."--Booklistshow more

About Adrian Poole

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.show more

Table of contents

Epic, homerica; lyric and elegiac, archaic and classical; drama; hellenistic and later antique; the republic; Virgil, Horace, Ovid; the later empire.show more

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