Memorial: A Version of Homer's Iliad
ISBN: 0393347273
EAN13: 9780393347272
Language: English
Publication Date: Nov 18, 2013
Pages: 112
Dimensions: 0.4" H x 8" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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In this daring new work, the poet Alice Oswald strips away the narrative of the Iliad the anger of Achilles, the story of Helen in 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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