For there is indeed something we can call the spirit of ancient Greece a carefully tuned voice that speaks out of the grave with astonishing clarity and grace , a distinctive voice that, taken as a whole, is like no other voice that has ever sung on this earth BURTON RAFFEL, from his PrefaceFor centuries, the poetry of Homer, Aristophanes, Sophocles, Sappho, and Archilochus has served as one of our primary means of connecting with the wholly vanished world of ancient Greece But the works of numerous other great and prolific poets Alkaios, Meleager, and Simonides, to name a few are rarely translated into English , and are largely unknown to modern readers In Pure Pagan, award winning translator Burton Raffel brings these and many other wise and witty ancient Greek writers to an English speaking audience for the first time, in full poetic flower Their humorous and philosophical ruminations create a vivid portrait of everyday life in ancient Greece and they are phenomenally lovely as well.In short, sharp bursts of song, these two thousand year old poems speak about the timeless matters of everyday life Wine Wine is the medicine To call for, the best medicine To drink deep, deep History Not us no It began with our fathers, I ve heard Movers and shakers If a man shakes loose stones To make a wall with Stones may fall on his head Instead Old age Old age is a debt we like to be owed Not one we like to collect Frankness Speak As you please And hear what can never PleaseThere are also wonderful epigrams Take what you have while you have it you ll lose it soon enough A single summer turns a kid into a shaggy goat and epitaphs Here I lie, beneath this stone, the famous woman who untied her belt for only one man.The entrancing beauty, humor, and piercing clarity of these poems will draw readers into the Greeks journeys to foreign lands, their bacchanalian parties and ferocious battles, as well as into the intimate settings of their kitchens and bedrooms The poetry of Pure Pagan reveals the ancient Greeks dreams, their sense of humor, sorrows, triumphs, and their most deeply held values, fleshing out our understanding of and appreciation for this fascinating civilization and its artistic legacy. Free Download [ Pure Pagan ] By [ Burton Raffel ] – cosmologychris.co.uk
Burton Raffel born 1928 is a translator, a poet and a teacher He has translated many poems, including the Anglo Saxon epic Beowulf.
- 81 pages
- Pure Pagan
- Burton Raffel
- 04 January 2018 Burton Raffel