By Willis Barnstone
Contributor note: Elli Tzalopoulou Barnstone (Illustrations), William E. McCulloh (Introduction)
Ancient Greek Lyrics collects Willis Barnstone's based translations of Greek lyric poetry--including the main whole 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 sessions.
William E. McCulloh's creation illuminates the varieties and improvement of the Greek lyric whereas Barnstone offers a quick biographical and literary cartoon for every poet and provides a considerable creation to Sappho-- revised for this edition--complete with notes and resources. A thesaurus and up-to-date bibliography are integrated.
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The only major change from Homer is the exclusive focus on courage as sacrificial patriotism rather than a means chiefly for the acquisition of individual glory. All the fragments are elegiac. (On Elegy) Among the best writers in this meter Proklos includes Kallinos of Ephesos, Mimnermos of Kolophon, and also Philetas the son of Telephos, from Kos, and Kallimachos the son of Battos. Photios, Library A Call to Arms against the Cimmerian Invaders When will you show some courage, young comrades? How long will you lie back and do nothing?
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. With this in mind we may say something about the general possibilities of poetry in translation.
To Apollo and the Muses Let us pour a libation to the Muses, daughters of Memory, and to Leto’s son, their lord Apollo. Terpandros 23 Sparta The Muse sings brilliantly and spears of young men flower. Justice, defender of brave works, goes down the street of light. 24 The Greek Period Alkman The first fully visible representative of the choral ode lived at Sparta, and was active probably during the middle of the seventh century bce. It is possible that he was (like several other poets of his time) brought in from the East—in Alkman’s case, from Sardis in Lydia (Asia Minor).