The Greek Poets: Homer to the Present

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"The Greek Poets is a celebration of Western civilization's oldest poetic tradition. It is a landmark volume that presents three millennia of Greek poetry - over 1,000 poems by 185 poets - much of which has been neglected or untranslated in the past." "Divided into four eras, each with an introduction by the volume's editors, The Greek Poets opens with "Classical Antiquity." Embracing more than the heroic epics of Homer, the didactic verse of Hesiod, and Homeric Hymns, it includes numerous lyric and dramatic works by many poets." "The book's second section, "Byzantium," demonstrates that the Byzantine era - through its vibrant early Christian poetry, its sharp-tongued epigrams and medieval romances - was a period of great poetic accomplishment." "We sense in the "Early Modern" section, as freedom finally comes to Greece in 1821, a new aesthetic in which neither Athens and the classical world nor Constantinople and Christianity are the principal measure of things." "The startling renaissance that began sporadically in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries finally explodes in the "Twentieth Century". The master poets of this period, presented here among so many other compelling new voices, have succeeded in putting contemporary Greek poetry at the center of European letters." The Greek Poets, through its originality and its translations, many by renowned poets themselves, is sure to become an essential companion to our Western literary tradition.

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Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer
“You can't do better than this . . . a rich, long draft of the greatest unbroken poetic tradition in the Western World.”
George Steiner - Times Literary Supplement
“This is a treasure house to be visited and revisited.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393060836
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/14/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Constantine's most recent translations are Sophocles’ Theban Trilogy, The Essential Writings of Machiavelli, and The Bird is a Raven by Benjamin Lebert, which was awarded the Helen und Kurt Wolff Translation Prize. He was awarded the PEN Translation Prize for Six Early Stories by Thomas Mann, and the National Translation Award for The Undiscovered Chekhov: Thirty-Eight New Stories. His translation of the complete works of Isaac Babel received the Koret Jewish Literature Award and a National Jewish Book Award citation. He has recently translated Gogol’s Taras Bulba, Tolstoy’s The Cossacks, and Voltaire’s Candide for Modern Library. He was one of the editors for A Century of Greek Poetry: 1900-2000, and is a senior editor at Conjunctions.

Rachel Hadas, Board of Governors Professor of English at the Newark campus of Rutgers University, is the author of many books. Her new volume of poetry, The Ache of Appetite, is forthcoming from Copper Beech Press in Summer 2009; her most recent book of essays is Classics (2007). A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, she has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram-Merrill Foundation Fellowship, an award in literature from the American Academy-Institute of Arts and Letters, and the O.B. Hardison Award.

Edmund Keeley taught English, Creative Writing, and Hellenic Studies at Princeton for forty years until his retirement as Charles Barnwell Straut Professor of English Emeritus. In addition to his seven novels and his literary and historical studies focused on Greece, he has published fifteen volumes of poetry in translation, including the collected poems of Cavafy and Seferis (in collaboration with Philip Sherrard) and selected poems of Eltyis and Ritsos. Among his awards are the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, the Award for Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation. He was elected Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens and Honorary Member of the Hellenic Authors Society.

Karen Van Dyck is the Kimon A. Doukas Professor of Modern Greek Literature in the Classics Department at Columbia University where she directs the Program in Hellenic Studies and teaches courses on Modern Greek and Greek Diaspora literature. Her most recent collection The Scattered Papers of Penelope: New and Selected Poems by Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke (Graywolf, 2009) received a Lannan Translation Award. Her publications include the critical study Kassandra and the Censors (1998) and numerous articles and translations. She has been awarded Fulbright, Marshall, American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.

Robert Hass is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. He was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. His work has been inspired by the Beat poets as well as East Asian forms of poetry such as haiku. He lives in California.

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