Greek Lyrics

Greek Lyrics Professor Latti holding closely to the original metres has produced renderings of great power and beauty His feeling for the telling noun and verb the simple yet poignant epithet and the dramatic

  • Title: Greek Lyrics
  • Author: Richmond Lattimore
  • ISBN: 9780226469447
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • Professor Latti, holding closely to the original metres, has produced renderings of great power and beauty His feeling for the telling noun and verb, the simple yet poignant epithet, and the dramatic turn of syntax is marked He has completely freed the poems from sentimentality, and the thrilling ancient names Anacreon, Alcaeus, Simonides, Sappho acquire fresh brill Professor Latti, holding closely to the original metres, has produced renderings of great power and beauty His feeling for the telling noun and verb, the simple yet poignant epithet, and the dramatic turn of syntax is marked He has completely freed the poems from sentimentality, and the thrilling ancient names Anacreon, Alcaeus, Simonides, Sappho acquire fresh brilliance and vitality under his hand Louise Bogan, The New Yorker The significant quality of Mr Latti s versions is that they are pure The lenses he provides are as clear as our language is capable of making them Moses Hadas, N.Y Herald TribuneContents Arch lochusCall nusSem nides of Am rgosHipp naxTyrta usMimn rmusSolonPhoc lidesXen phanesThe gnisEarly Metrical InscriptionsTerp nderAlcmanStes chorus bycusSapphoAlca usAn creonAnonymous Drinking SongsH briasPrax llaAnonymous LyricsCor nnaSim nides of CeosPindarBacch lides

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    1. So, sometimes having a home library makes reading more complicated.I was entranced while reading Lattimore’s translations of Greek Lyric poetry. I thought, what a felicitous combination of original poets and 20th century translator. And how contemporary many of these poems are. The emotions of love, lust, revenge, fear, patriotism, and uncertainty are very fresh. The thoughts on the balance of power among men, gods and destiny on what happens to an individual are varied and helpful to reading [...]

    2. I sort of glossed over the lesser well-known ones, but Pindar and Bacchylides (the latter in particular) were incredible. Sappho was, of course, breathtaking as usual.

    3. Included here are over a hundred poems and poetic fragments from thirty Greek lyric poets of antiquity as well as some anonymous verse spanning from the 7th to the 5th Century. It's a slim book--only 82 pages in paperback. Almost all of the above survive only in fragments found in pot shards, scraps of papyrus used to wrap mummies and quotations by grammarians and others. The most notable--or at least poets I’ve heard mentioned and seen anthologized elsewhere are: Archilochos of Paros, Solon ( [...]

    4. I only read selections out of this book. I read the poems of Solon, Sappho, and Pindar. The selections hail from different areas of the ancient Greek world, from different genders, one female poet and two male poets, with different meters and styles. I liked Sappho the best.One of her fragments states,Like the sweet apple turning red on the branch top, on thetop of the topmost branch, and the gatherers did not notice it,rather, they did notice, but could not reach up to take it.I don't know what [...]

    5. A taste of Archilochus:"I don't like the towering captain with the spraddly length of leg,one who swaggers in his lovelocks and cleanshaves beneath the chin.Give me a man short and squarely set upon his legs, a manfull of heart, not to be shaken from the place he plants his feet.""Glaukos, look! The open sea is churning to a wash of wavesdeep within. A cloud stands upright over the Gyrean, cape,signal of a storm, and terror rises from the unforeseen.""Luxurious in a spray of myrtle, she wore too [...]

    6. Handy collection of lyrical Greek poetry, often little more than fragments. Some forgettable, but enjoyed the Pindar, Solon, Sappho, Archilochus, others. It's always remarkable how modern the sentiments expressed seem in places, but then it's hard to argue that we've improved as far as the art of living is concerned.

    7. I love how the poems in this collection show that the ancient Greek writers had so many of the same concerns and thoughts as we do today. Universal issues of love, life, death, society, goodness, greed, and so on.I wish more than these short fragments were available. And I wish I knew all of the names and places the poems allude to.

    8. I enjoyed this slim book of Greek verse. Better read after you master some classical Greek history to put things in perspective.

    9. So many great ones in here, but this is memorable for being my introduction to Sappho, who I still dearly love to read.

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