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Selected Poems of T. S. Eliot by T.S. Eliot
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My First, 28 Jun 2010
This was the first book of poetry I ever bought. This exact edition. Wandering into Waterstones aged 14, my only previous experience with "adult" poetry being (because I was a moody teenage girl, and it's somewhat required of us) Sylvia Plath, I was initially attracted to "The Waste Land" because I thought it sounded dark and grand and apocalyptic. That, and because I was pretty sure Eliot wrote The Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats that I vaguely remembered reading as a child.

I was right on both counts. But it was hard going. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" was difficult, but It took me four tries to get through the first section of "The Waste Land". I felt frustrated… Read more
Flowers of Evil and Other Works  / Les Fleurs du M&hellip by Charles Baudelaire
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I love this book. It took me ages to find the right translation of Baudelaire; my French is GCSE-level at best, and reading Les Fleurs Du Mal in the original language was too difficult for me. Then I saw this. It was the perfect compromise; have the original French, side by side on the page with the English translation. Two birds with one stone. Plus, y'know, the cover is pretty.

And it is lovely. The translation flows beautifully without compromising Baudelaire's words, and as well as the complete Les Fleurs Du Mal the reader is treated to "Spleen of Paris", Critical writings, Art, Music and Literary Criticism and letters. It is poignant, seductive, sorrowful, sarcastic,… Read more
Inferno (Vintage Classics) by Dante Alighieri
Inferno (Vintage Classics) by Dante Alighieri
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a review for the Steve Ellis translation of Dante's Inferno.

Long have I tried to find the perfect translation for what is, to my mind, an essential piece of literature. None so far have quite lived up to my expectations; either they stick too rigidly to the text, making the lines themselves garbled and difficult to understand, or they use so much poetic license it's barely Dante's words at all. Maybe I've just been unlucky.
Steve Ellis' version has been the best so far, however. Yes, it's quite sparse. In places, it doesn't really feel like poetry, and occasionally the modern phrasing jars the reader and takes away from the grand feel of the story. But it is clear,… Read more

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