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Most translations of The Odyssey are in the kind of standard verse form believed typical of high-serious composition in the ancient world. Yet some scholars believe the epic was originally composed in a less formal, phrase-by-phrase prosody. Charles Stein employs the latter approach in this dramatic, and in some ways truer, version. Famous episodes such as the sirens, Scylla and Charybdis, and the Cyclops, are rendered with previously unseen energy and empathy. The poems second half—where Odysseus, returned home to take revenge on his wifes suitors—has extraordinarily subtle, “novelistic” features that are made more transparent in this version. There is also a special feel for the archaic dimensions of Homer—the world of gods and their complex relations to Fate and Being that other translators tend to deemphasize in order to make the poem feel “modern.” Most versions exclude or minimize the magical aspects of the poem, but Stein gives these elements full play, so that the spirit of a universe predating the classical era shines through. This vibrant version of The Odyssey shows readers not only what the Greeks thought about their gods but the gods themselves. Summaries preceding each chapter and a list of recommended websites help expand the experience.

About the Author

A second-generation Black Mountain poet, Charles Stein has spent almost fifty years writing and translating poetry. Often associated with Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, and others, he is also the author of Persephone Unveiled. He lives in Barrytown, NY.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781556437281
Author:
Homer
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Translator:
Stein, Charles
Author:
Stein, Charles
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Odysseus (Greek mythology)
Subject:
Epic poetry, Greek
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
656
Dimensions:
9.01 x 6 x 1.6 in 2.3 lb

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