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By Willis Barnstone

ISBN-10: 0253221218

ISBN-13: 9780253221216

Historical Greek Lyrics collects Willis Barnstone's dependent translations of Greek lyric poetry -- together with the main entire Sappho in English, newly translated. This quantity features a consultant sampling of the entire major poets, from Archilochos, within the seventh century BCE, via Pindar and the opposite nice singers of the classical age, right down to the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine classes. William E. McCulloh's advent illuminates the varieties and improvement of the Greek lyric whereas Barnstone presents a quick biographical and literary caricature for each one poet and provides a considerable creation to Sappho -- revised for this variation -- whole with notes and assets. A thesaurus and up to date bibliography are incorporated.

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Alkman 29 It is cool but soon will boil with good soup which gobbler Alkman likes sparkling hot, especially in the cold season of the solstice. The glutton Alkman abstains from fancy dishes but like the demos eats a plain massive meal. Wedding Feast Seven couches and as many tables spread with poppy cakes and linseed and sesame, and among the wooden flagons were honey cakes for the young. The Four Seasons Three seasons were created: summer and winter and a third in autumn, and even a fourth—the spring— when the fields are heavy with crops and a glutton still goes hungry.

Some drown and die under the myriad waves when a hurricane slams across the blue salt water cracking their cargo ship. Others rope a noose around their wretched necks and choose to die, abandoning the sun of day. A thousand black spirits waylay man with unending grief and suffering. If you listen to my counsel, you won’t want the good things of life; nor batter your heart by torturing your skull with cold remorse. Life and Death Later we will have a long time to lie dead yet the few years we have now we live badly.

The titles here are primarily informational, based on contextual information or on common ancient allusions with which a modern reader may be unfamiliar. Hopefully, titles will serve to replace lengthy footnotes and make the poems more complete. Ideally, poetry in translation should one day lead a reader to a reading of the poem in the original tongue. The poem in its native phonemes, we often forget, was primarily a poem, and a good one, presumably, if chosen for translation. A poem in translation xxx A Note on Selections, Texts, and Translation should be faithful, if to anything, to this primary quality of the original—that of its being an effective poem.

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