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"The brilliance of Reginald Gibbons's translations of Sophocles lies in an empathetic leap of imagination that has allowed him to situate these ancient poems at an intersection where the passion of outcries, songs, and declamations encounters the elegance of the written word."--Stuart Dybek, author of I Sailed with Magellan

"Reginald Gibbons gives us Sophocles' poetry sprung free from plot and dramatic action. Elemental, swift, kaleidoscopic, the odes and fragments are forcefully present in Gibbons's spare style, and they can take one's breath away. Here is a distillate of Sophocles, strangely new and strangely familiar."--Rosanna Warren, author of Departure: Poems

"For years now, Reginald Gibbons has been writing some of the best poetry in America, and at the same time he has distinguished himself as one of the most brilliant and accomplished translators of Greek tragedy. In this beautiful and indispensable book, he renders the poetry of Sophocles as no one has done before. In Gibbons's hands, the complex power and musical precision of Sophoclean song and verse radiate a verbal and imagistic energy that feels both ancient and immediate."--Alan Shapiro, author of Old War: Poems

"Attuned to the nuances of the original, Gibbons's verse delivers a Sophoclean stateliness of bearing in an idiom that is supple enough to communicate the heat of Eros, the horror of war, and the awe inspired by the natural world."--Brooks Haxton, author of They Lift Their Wings to Cry: Poems

"To read these dramatic odes as poems is invigorating and invites us to see Sophocles in a new way. And making poems out of the fragments and including them alongside the odes is a brilliant stroke, providing instances of the Sophoclean lyric imagination. These translations are remarkably true to the Greek."--Stephen Scully, Boston University

Synopsis:

"The brilliance of Reginald Gibbons's translations of Sophocles lies in an empathetic leap of imagination that has allowed him to situate these ancient poems at an intersection where the passion of outcries, songs, and declamations encounters the elegance of the written word."--Stuart Dybek, author of I Sailed with Magellan

"Reginald Gibbons gives us Sophocles' poetry sprung free from plot and dramatic action. Elemental, swift, kaleidoscopic, the odes and fragments are forcefully present in Gibbons's spare style, and they can take one's breath away. Here is a distillate of Sophocles, strangely new and strangely familiar."--Rosanna Warren, author of Departure: Poems

"For years now, Reginald Gibbons has been writing some of the best poetry in America, and at the same time he has distinguished himself as one of the most brilliant and accomplished translators of Greek tragedy. In this beautiful and indispensable book, he renders the poetry of Sophocles as no one has done before. In Gibbons's hands, the complex power and musical precision of Sophoclean song and verse radiate a verbal and imagistic energy that feels both ancient and immediate."--Alan Shapiro, author of Old War: Poems

"Attuned to the nuances of the original, Gibbons's verse delivers a Sophoclean stateliness of bearing in an idiom that is supple enough to communicate the heat of Eros, the horror of war, and the awe inspired by the natural world."--Brooks Haxton, author of They Lift Their Wings to Cry: Poems

"To read these dramatic odes as poems is invigorating and invites us to see Sophocles in a new way. And making poems out of the fragments and including them alongside the odes is a brilliant stroke, providing instances of the Sophoclean lyric imagination. These translations are remarkably true to the Greek."--Stephen Scully, Boston University

Synopsis:

Sophocles' tragedies--from Antigone to Oedipus Tyrannus--are filled with highly wrought, vivid, and emotionally powerful poetry. Yet most translations sacrifice the poetry to convey only the sense of the lines as dramatic speech. This is the first book in English to present Sophocles exclusively as a poet, and the only volume to reveal the full force and beauty of his verse. With a fresh and consistent attention to structure, language, and rhythm across Sophocles' writings, Reginald Gibbons has translated a selection of odes from Sophocles' surviving plays as well as fragments from his lost works. What emerges is a genuinely new sense of a Sophocles who was as much poet as dramatist. Bringing the Greek poet and his world surprisingly close to us, these translations also restore a sense of the long continuity of poetry. Complete with an introduction, this edition reveals Sophocles' poetic brilliance as never before.

About the Author

Reginald Gibbons is a poet, translator, and professor of English and classics at Northwestern University. He has translated Sophocles' "Antigone" and Euripides' "Bakkhai" (both with the late Charles Segal). His most recent collection of poetry is "Creatures of a Day".

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

DESIRE

Aphrodite of Kypros [fragment 941] 25

On Eros and Aphrodite [Antigone 781-800] 26

Eros, Impossible to Thwart [fragment 684] 27

The Mighty Kyprian [Trakhiniai 497-530] 28

THE HUMAN LOT

On Man [Antigone 332-75] 33

The Human Lot [fragments]* 36

On Song [fragment 568] 42

What Sophokles Wrote on Women Was Preserved by Men [fragments]* 43

Fragments of Thamyras 45

On Sleep [Philoktetes 828-32] 47

THE ODES OF OIDIPOUS TYRANNOS

The Chorus Plead for Divine Aid against Plague [151-215] 51

But What Does the Seer Teiresias Prove against Oidipous? [463-511] 54

On Purity, Insolence, and Punishment [863-910] 57

A Dance of Hope [1086-1109] 60

Oidipous the Cursed [1186-1222] 62

THE END OF THE FAMILY OF LABDAKOS

On the Long Life of Oidipous [Oidipous at Kolônos 1211-48] 67

On Fate and the Last of the Family [Antigone 582-625] 69

Oidipous on the Passage of Time [Oidipous at Kolônos 607-23] 72

On Behalf of Oidipous [Oidipous at Kolônos 1557-78] 73

HOMELAND EARTH, SEA, AND SKY

In Praise of Kolônos [Oidipous at Kolônos 668-719] 77

The Fullness of the World [fragments]* 80

The Sea [fragments]* 83

To Dionysos [Antigone 1115-52] 86

THE FATE OF THE HERO

On the Madness of Aias [Aias 596-645] 91

Aias's Meditation before Suicide [Aias 646-85] 93

On the Afflicted Philoktetes [Philoktetes 169-90] 95

On Herakles [Trakhiniai 94-140] 97

Notes 101

Index of First Lines 127

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691130248
Author:
Sophocles
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Translator:
Gibbons, Reginald
Author:
Gibbons, Reginald
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Sophocles
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
October 2008
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Greek
Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Greek and Roman
Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Medieval and Renaissance
Science and Mathematics » Physics » Acoustics

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"Synopsis" by , "The brilliance of Reginald Gibbons's translations of Sophocles lies in an empathetic leap of imagination that has allowed him to situate these ancient poems at an intersection where the passion of outcries, songs, and declamations encounters the elegance of the written word."--Stuart Dybek, author of I Sailed with Magellan

"Reginald Gibbons gives us Sophocles' poetry sprung free from plot and dramatic action. Elemental, swift, kaleidoscopic, the odes and fragments are forcefully present in Gibbons's spare style, and they can take one's breath away. Here is a distillate of Sophocles, strangely new and strangely familiar."--Rosanna Warren, author of Departure: Poems

"For years now, Reginald Gibbons has been writing some of the best poetry in America, and at the same time he has distinguished himself as one of the most brilliant and accomplished translators of Greek tragedy. In this beautiful and indispensable book, he renders the poetry of Sophocles as no one has done before. In Gibbons's hands, the complex power and musical precision of Sophoclean song and verse radiate a verbal and imagistic energy that feels both ancient and immediate."--Alan Shapiro, author of Old War: Poems

"Attuned to the nuances of the original, Gibbons's verse delivers a Sophoclean stateliness of bearing in an idiom that is supple enough to communicate the heat of Eros, the horror of war, and the awe inspired by the natural world."--Brooks Haxton, author of They Lift Their Wings to Cry: Poems

"To read these dramatic odes as poems is invigorating and invites us to see Sophocles in a new way. And making poems out of the fragments and including them alongside the odes is a brilliant stroke, providing instances of the Sophoclean lyric imagination. These translations are remarkably true to the Greek."--Stephen Scully, Boston University

"Synopsis" by , Sophocles' tragedies--from Antigone to Oedipus Tyrannus--are filled with highly wrought, vivid, and emotionally powerful poetry. Yet most translations sacrifice the poetry to convey only the sense of the lines as dramatic speech. This is the first book in English to present Sophocles exclusively as a poet, and the only volume to reveal the full force and beauty of his verse. With a fresh and consistent attention to structure, language, and rhythm across Sophocles' writings, Reginald Gibbons has translated a selection of odes from Sophocles' surviving plays as well as fragments from his lost works. What emerges is a genuinely new sense of a Sophocles who was as much poet as dramatist. Bringing the Greek poet and his world surprisingly close to us, these translations also restore a sense of the long continuity of poetry. Complete with an introduction, this edition reveals Sophocles' poetic brilliance as never before.
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