Greek Lyric Poetry: A New Translation

Greek Lyric Poetry: A New Translation

by Sherod Santos
     
 

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Winner of the Umhoefer Prize: "A magnificent achievement, better, more animated, buoyant, and richly articulated than any other version I know."—Anthony Hecht
Sherod Santos's new translation of classical poems answers Rosetti's mandate that "the only true motive for putting poetry into a fresh language must be to endow a fresh nation…with one

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Winner of the Umhoefer Prize: "A magnificent achievement, better, more animated, buoyant, and richly articulated than any other version I know."—Anthony Hecht
Sherod Santos's new translation of classical poems answers Rosetti's mandate that "the only true motive for putting poetry into a fresh language must be to endow a fresh nation…with one more possession of beauty." Arranged into four periods—Classical, Hellenic, Roman, and Early Byzantine—Greek Lyric Poetry features works by such ancient masters as Xenophanes, Callimachus, Sappho, and Simonides. For the general reader as well as for poets and lovers of poetry, the translations celebrate the marvelous slips and illuminating reconfigurations that occur when a poet in the present communes with poets in the past.

Editorial Reviews

Willis Barnstone
“Greek Lyric Poetry covers the full range of the lyric . . . including many unfamiliar poems that are themselves like archaeological discoveries because never before have they found their finished and beautiful expression in English. Santos takes fragments and epigrammatic stanzas and makes each a singing erotic, caustic, or descriptive lyric.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393329155
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/20/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,383,766
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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Sherod Santos has been a finalist for the National Book Award. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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