The Odes of Horaceby Horace
The Latin poet Horace is, along with his friend Virgil, the most celebrated and influential of the poets of Emperor Augustus's reign. These marvelously constructed poems, with their unswerving clarity of vision and extraordinary range of tone and emotion, have deeply affected the poetry of Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Herbert, Marvell, Dryden, Pope, Samuel Johnson, Wordsworth, Frost, Auden, Larkin, and many others, in English and in other languages. David Carne-Ross has said of this translation that "Ferry has found an English into which Horace's lyrics will pass with no apparent strain". Grateful readers will appreciate the lucidity and inventiveness of these elegant and judicious versions.
A translation for the present age, the volume includes footnotes and a brief discussion of how Kaimowitz selected phrases, syllable counts, line length, and references to create brilliant 'reminiscences.'
Kaimowitz claims that 'translators of poetry should at least provide something approaching poetry,' and these lines [the opening of Ode II.9] and many other passages show his skill in doing just that.
With Kaimowitz's Odes, we can learn to love and comprehend Horace's verse as we see his monument up close in a new light.
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Kaimowitz captures the speed and cadence of Horace's often quite long phrases and sentences, keeping their elegance and grandeurno easy task. This volume provides an excellent way for non–Latin reading scholars, students, and general readers to experience successfully Horace as a lyric poet.
Meet the Author
Jeffrey H. Kaimowitz has a Ph.D. in classics with a specialty in Roman poetry and is the head librarian of the Watkinson Library at Trinity College, Connecticut. He has published a number of translations as well as articles relating to classics and publishing in the Renaissance.
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