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Tales From Ovid: Twenty Four Passages From The  Metamorphoses  Ted Hughes

Tales From Ovid: Twenty Four Passages From The Metamorphoses

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ISBN : 9780571196432
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264 pages
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Englands poet laureate Ted Hughes first turned his hand to Ovids Metamorphoses when he--along with other prominent English-language poets such as Seamus Heaney, Amy Clampitt, and Charles Simic--contributed poems to the anthology After Ovid. In theMoreEnglands poet laureate Ted Hughes first turned his hand to Ovids Metamorphoses when he--along with other prominent English-language poets such as Seamus Heaney, Amy Clampitt, and Charles Simic--contributed poems to the anthology After Ovid. In the three years following After Ovids publication, Hughes continued working with the Metamorphoses, eventually completing the 24 translations collected here. Culling from 250 original tales, Hughes has chosen some of the most violent and disturbing narratives Ovid wrote, including the stories of Echo and Narcissus, Bacchus and Pentheus, and Semeles rape by Jove. Classical purists may be offended at the occasional liberties Hughes takes with Ovids words, but no one will quarrel with the force and originality of Hughess verse, or with its narrative skill. This translation is an unusual triumph--a work informed by the passion and wit of Ovid, yet suffused with Hughess own distinctive poetic sensibility.