Dances for Flute and Thunder: Poems, Prayers, and Insults from the Ancient Greeksby Brooks Haxton (Translator)
Two and a half millennia ago, on the western coast of Anatolia and the islands nearby, poetry touched almost everyone. It was performed by aristocrats and beggars, by soldiers, prostitutes, maiden
An acclaimed modern poet unlocks the forgotten music of ancient Greek lyrics--that are as fresh today as when they were written--in a new free-spirited translation
Two and a half millennia ago, on the western coast of Anatolia and the islands nearby, poetry touched almost everyone. It was performed by aristocrats and beggars, by soldiers, prostitutes, maiden votaries, statesmen, and philosophers. And it was sung. Brooks Haxton--whose own poems Eudora Welty describes as "extraordinary" for their "beauty, strength, and accumulating power"--has restored the music and intense humanity to Classical lyrics and epigrams now ripe for rediscovery by modern readers.
From the naked simplicity of battle lust to the wit of social satire to "the kingfisher's quick glance" that fills the poet with a vision of "love always...brilliant on the wing and wild," Dances for Flute and Thunder throbs, and spins, with the rhythms of ballads, blues, and melodic verse. Haxton's translations of thirty-eight poets spanning thirteen centuries, from Sappho to Theokritos to the anonymous Greek poets of the Roman Empire, have already been acclaimed by Hayden Carruth "the best things of their kind I've ever read...timeless... marvels of permanency."
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