Fortune's Prisoner: The Poems of The Consolation of Philosophy

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An aristocratic scholar and influential member of the court of Theodoric, Boethius (born about AD 480) was arrested for alleged treason and executed in about 524. While in prison he wrote his masterpiece, The Consolation of Philosophy, a work of mixed prose and verse in which he considers universal issues such as the nature of justice, the problem of evil in a world controlled by God’s providential plan, and the workings of Fortune and free will.

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An aristocratic scholar and influential member of the court of Theodoric, Boethius (born about AD 480) was arrested for alleged treason and executed in about 524. While in prison he wrote his masterpiece, The Consolation of Philosophy, a work of mixed prose and verse in which he considers universal issues such as the nature of justice, the problem of evil in a world controlled by God’s providential plan, and the workings of Fortune and free will.

With his fresh and imaginative treatment of the poems from this book, James Harpur argues for the reappraisal of Boethius as poet. His well-crafted modern translations and persuasive introduction encourage their reading as a coherent poetic sequence outside their original context.

James Harpur has published four collections of poetry. He studied Classics and then English at Trinity College, Cambridge. Awards for his poetry include the 1995 British National Poetry prize and bursaries from Cork Arts, the Arts Council, the Eric Gregory Trust and the Society of Authors. His non-fiction books include Love Burning in the Soul, an introduction to Christian mystics. He lives in Co. Cork.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780856464034
  • Publisher: Anvil Press Poetry, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Series: Poetica Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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An aristocratic scholar and philosopher and one of the most influential members of the court of the Ostrogoth ruler Theodoric, Boethius (born c. 480 AD) was arrested for alleged treason (which he denied). During his confinement in northern Italy, he wrote his masterpiece, "The Consolation of Philosophy", a work in which he considers universal issues. Executed in about 526 AD. James Harpur was born in 1956 of Anglo-Irish parentage. He read Classics and then English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is now a freelance writer living in Ireland, with three previous collections of poetry from Anvil. Author of "Love Burning in the Soul: The Story of the Christian Mystics, from Saint Paul to Thomas Merton" (Shambhala, 2005).

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