Three Tragedies

Three Tragedies : Antigone, Oedipus the King, Electra

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Faithful as translations and vigorous and straightforward both to read and to act, these versions were written, like their originals, for immediate staage-production. Kitto has deliberately used a fairly strict meter, allowing himself no greater number of verses than Sophocles used, and where the original is formal--as in the line-by-line dialogue--the translations too are formal. The original rhythmic structure of the lyrics has been approximately represented; in the Antigone the lyric passages have been followed as closely as the English language permits. Quasi-musical indications of tempo or mood have been added to the lyrical portions as a reminder that they were not recited but were a fusion of poetry, music, and dancing. There are brief notes on the dance-rhythms, on the pronunciation of Greek names, and on the mythological allusions in the three plays.show more

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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 132.08 x 203.2 x 12.7mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford University Press, USA
  • United States
  • English
  • 0195003748
  • 9780195003741

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