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Memorial: A Version of Homer’s Iliad

Memorial: A Version of Homer’s Iliad

"A project unlike any other. Memorial re-translates, transforms, and then parses The Iliad down to its horrific death scenes, juxtaposed with Homer’s famously elaborate pastoral similes. Death is like snow falling off boughs. Grief is made of earth. This book must be read aloud, with friends, surrounding a campfire, preferably not here, preferably anywhere else."

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Author Alice Oswald
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date 2013-11-18
Section New Titles - Paperback / Poetry / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Spencer R.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780393347272

“The most remarkable and affecting book of poetry I encountered this year.”—James Wood, The New Yorker 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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