Memorial: A Version of Homer's Iliadby Alice Oswald
In this daring new work, the poet Alice Oswald strips away the narrative of the Iliadthe anger of Achilles, the story of Helenin favor of attending to its atmospheres: the extended similes that bring so much of the natural order
“The most remarkable and affecting book of poetry I encountered this year.”James Wood, The New Yorker
In this daring new work, the poet Alice Oswald strips away the narrative of the Iliadthe anger of Achilles, the story of Helenin favor of attending to its atmospheres: the extended similes that bring so much of the natural order into the poem and the corresponding litany of the war-dead, most of whom are little more than names but each of whom lives and dies unforgettably and unforgotten in the copious retrospect of Homer’s glance. The resulting poem is a war memorial and a profoundly responsive work that gives new voice to Homer’s level-voiced version of the world. Through a mix of narrative and musical repetition, the sequence becomes a meditation on the loss of human life.
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Meet the Author
Alice Oswald has been awarded the Eric Gregory Award, an Arts Foundation
Award for Poetry, the Forward Prize, the Ted Hughes Award,
and the T.S. Eliot Prize. She lives in Devon, England.
Eavan Boland is the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry and nonfiction. A professor and the director of the creative writing program at Stanford University, she is the winner of a Lannan Foundation Award. She lives in Stanford, California, and Dublin, Ireland.
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