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Ovid's Poetry of Exile
     

Ovid's Poetry of Exile

by Ovid, David R. Slavitt (Translator)
 

"Someone clever, passionate, and heartbroken comes very near us, and I think it is Ovid. I found it impossible to stop reading these poems. And poems they are." — Richard Wilbur.

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"Someone clever, passionate, and heartbroken comes very near us, and I think it is Ovid. I found it impossible to stop reading these poems. And poems they are." — Richard Wilbur.

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Newsweek
Slavitt is an American poet and a slyly sophisticated novelist. In his free renderings, Ovid leaps to live: a very modern, urbane, plaintive man protesting his exile from Rome... This is grand stuff.

Library Journal
Slavitt's latest literary renderings of Latin verse include three of Ovid's more obscure poems. Written during his exile from Rome, Tristia, Epistulae ex Ponto , and Ibis are packed full of literary allusions demonstrating that, even without a library to consult, Ovid remained an erudite master of his craft. Claiming fidelity to Ovid's meaning while taking license with his words, Slavitt has a gift for verse that lifts the reader out of the realm of often-mechanistic translations. Unfortunately, these poems lack footnotes, desperately needed if readers are to understand the historical and mythological references that Ovid makes. For large collections.-- Marjorie F. MacKenzie, GSLIS, Univ. of Washington, Seattle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801839160
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/01/1989
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
503,667
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

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Richard Wilbur
Someone clever, passionate, and heartbroken comes very near us, and I think it is Ovid. I found it impossible to stop reading these poems. And poems they are.

Meet the Author

David R. Slavitt, poet, novelist, critic, and journalist, has published more than fifty books. His translations include the Metamorphoses of Ovid, The Fables of Avianus, the "Eclogues" and "Georgics" of Virgil, and Seneca: The Tragedies, Vols. 1 and 2, all available from Johns Hopkins.

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