Martial in English

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In almost 1,600 epigrams, written in styles ranging from the lyrical to the pornographic, Martial (c. 40-c. 103CE) painted a definitive picture of everyday life, society and sexuality in ancient Rome. His influence on English literature, both direct and indirect, has been immense. From Elizabethan times, writers like Jonson, Herrick, Cowley and Byron translated (or adapted to the London of their day) Martial's portraits of poseurs, prostitutes and philosophers, legacy hunters and social climbers. His urbanity and...
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Overview

In almost 1,600 epigrams, written in styles ranging from the lyrical to the pornographic, Martial (c. 40-c. 103CE) painted a definitive picture of everyday life, society and sexuality in ancient Rome. His influence on English literature, both direct and indirect, has been immense. From Elizabethan times, writers like Jonson, Herrick, Cowley and Byron translated (or adapted to the London of their day) Martial's portraits of poseurs, prostitutes and philosophers, legacy hunters and social climbers. His urbanity and sharply polished wit helped inspire Pope's heroic couplets and Swift's savage irony. Although Romantics and Victorians tended to react against Martial's obscenity and fulsome flattery of his imperial masters, he always retained a reputation as an underground classic and then became an important model for Ezra Pound. Recent poets, as J. P. Sullivan and A. J. Boyle explain in their Introduction, have also found in his work 'a fully realized, if sometimes sombre world, which alternately fascinates and disquiets'.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780140423891
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
General Introduction
Textual Note
I Tudor England to the Restoration: 1540-1660
Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey 6
Timothe Kendall 8
Thomas Bastard 15
John Marston 18
Anon. (British Library Egerton MS 2982) 19
Francis Davison 23
Sir John Harington 26
John Donne 34
Ben Jonson 39
Thomas May 53
Robert Herrick 59
Sir Richard Fanshawe 66
William Cartwright 67
Richard Crashaw 70
Sir Edward Sherburne 71
Robert Fletcher 75
Thomas Pecke 80
II The Restoration to the Augustans: 1660-c.1700
James Wright 88
Abraham Cowley 94
Sir John Denham 101
John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester 103
John Dryden 113
John Oldham 117
Charles Cotton 118
Thomas Heyrick 122
Henry Killigrew 124
Thomas Brown 135
Sir Charles Sedley 144
Anon. (British Library MS Add. 27343) 152
III The Eighteenth Century: Augustans and Neoclassicists
Matthew Prior 161
Joseph Addison 167
Sir Richard Steele 172
Aaron Hill 174
Alexander Pope 175
Jonathan Swift 181
William Hay 188
Samuel Johnson 197
Revd Mr Scott 199
James Elphinston 203
Nathaniel Brassey Halhed 210
IV The Romantics to Pound: 1800-c.1950
Samuel Taylor Coleridge 222
Walter Savage Landor 228
George Lamb 234
George Gordon, Lord Byron 240
Leigh Hunt 246
George Augustus Sala 247
Robert Louis Stevenson 255
Goldwin Smith 264
Anon. (Nineteenth Century) 269
An Eton Master 272
A. E. Street 276
Paul Nixon 280
W. J. Courthope 284
J. A. Pott and F. A. Wright 288
A. L. Francis and H. F. Tatum 293
Ezra Pound 299
V The Modern World: The Late Twentieth Century
Rolfe Humphries 307
Dudley Fitts 311
Philip Murray 317
J. V. Cunningham 322
Donald C. Goertz 326
Peter Porter 331
Brian Hill 345
James Michie 349
Dorothea Wender 355
Tony Harrison 361
Peter Whigham 366
J. P. Sullivan 377
Olive Pitt-Kethley 382
Richard O'Connell 387
Fiona Pitt-Kethley 392
English Texts Used in This Anthology 397
Other English Translations of Martial 402
Further Reading 404
Glossary of Selected Ancient Names 405
List of Epigrams Translated 427
List of English Poems 434
Index of Poets 435
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