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Good translators must somehow avoid the dangers of mere literalism on the one hand and creative embellishments on the other. Hadas has succeeded admirably by offering rhythmical and accurate translations of a wide variety of texts by Tibullus, Seneca, Hugo, Baudelaire, Mallarme, Rimbaud, LaForgue, Valery, and the modern Greek poet Konstantine Karyotakis, among others. Nostalgia, ennui, melancholy, and grief are the dominant tones of these poems, which speak poignantly of love lost and the inexorable passage of ...
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Overview

Good translators must somehow avoid the dangers of mere literalism on the one hand and creative embellishments on the other. Hadas has succeeded admirably by offering rhythmical and accurate translations of a wide variety of texts by Tibullus, Seneca, Hugo, Baudelaire, Mallarme, Rimbaud, LaForgue, Valery, and the modern Greek poet Konstantine Karyotakis, among others. Nostalgia, ennui, melancholy, and grief are the dominant tones of these poems, which speak poignantly of love lost and the inexorable passage of time. Hadas often finds a contemporary phrase to formulate an older writer's meaning. Thus, Tibullus can say that love protects him from "the switchblade knife" while LaForgue is "suddenly zapped by lightning." Some readers may miss the presence of en face texts in the original languages, but the author's assertion that she did this work purely "for the pleasure" is apparent throughout. Recommended for larger collections.
- Daniel L. Guillory, Millikin Univ., Decatur, Ill.
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Good translators must somehow avoid the dangers of mere literalism on the one hand and creative embellishments on the other. Hadas has succeeded admirably by offering rhythmical and accurate translations of a wide variety of texts by Tibullus, Seneca, Hugo, Baudelaire, Mallarme, Rimbaud, LaForgue, Valery, and the modern Greek poet Konstantine Karyotakis, among others. Nostalgia, ennui, melancholy, and grief are the dominant tones of these poems, which speak poignantly of love lost and the inexorable passage of time. Hadas often finds a contemporary phrase to formulate an older writer's meaning. Thus, Tibullus can say that love protects him from ``the switchblade knife'' while LaForgue is ``suddenly zapped by lightning.'' Some readers may miss the presence of en face texts in the original languages, but the author's assertion that she did this work purely ``for the pleasure'' is apparent throughout. Recommended for larger collections.-- Daniel L. Guillory, Millikin Univ., Decatur, Ill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813520681
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
I.i ("Divitias allius . . . ") 3
I.ii ("Adde merum vinoque . . .") 6
I.vi ("Semper, ut inducar . . .") 10
I.x ("Quis fuit horrendos . . .") 13
Selections from The Tragedy of Oedipus 19
At Dawn Tomorrow 33
June Nights 34
From "Contemplations" 35
Boaz Asleep 36
Sonnet in Autumn 43
The Fountain of Blood 44
Romantic Sunset 45
Retreat 46
A Taste for Nothingness 47
Dialogue 48
Misty Sky 49
The Offended Moon 50
The Self-Tormentor 51
Song in Autumn 53
The Jewels 55
Voyage to Cythera 57
The Swan 60
To a Passing Lady 63
The Sun 64
The Promises of a Face 65
The Voice 66
Invitation to a Journey 67
The Vampire's Metamorphoses 69
The Hair 70
Blessing 72
Beauty 76
Lethe 77
Don Juan in Hell 79
Blind Men 80
Posthumous Remorse 81
"Her Garments' Iridescent Undulation . . . " 82
The Owls 83
Carrion 84
The Seven Old Men 87
The Voyage 90
Anguish 101
Summer Sadness 102
Apparition 103
Windows 104
Another Fan of Mlle Mallarme 106
Memory 109
Poets at Seven 112
Ophelia 115
A Flash over the Abyss 119
Winter Sunset 120
Aurora 125
The Friendly Wood 129
Helen 130
Pomegranates 131
Spirochaeta Pallida 135
Ode to a Young Child 136
Justification 138
Ideal Suicides 139
Military March 140
Precautions 141
Clerical Workers 143
Invocation 144
Autumn, What Can I Say to You? 145
I Am the Garden 146
Posthumous Fame 147
Final Journey 148
How Young 149
The Moon Tonight 150
Preveza 151
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