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A good poem, but it's not the Iliad,
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This review is from: Iliad - translated by Robert Fagles (Hardcover)
This poet's rendition of the _Iliad_ is enchanting, flows well, and may often fill one with a dramatic sense of awe. However, for all of that, it is not the _Iliad_ in any of the ways in which its original audience would have construed the poem. This poem retains very few of the features of the original oral-tradition deived work other than at least retaining scenes in the correct order. If a reader wants a fun poem to read in his or her spare time, this version of the Greek classic is fine; if one wishes to know what Homer actually sang and how he sang it, there are many other translations out there that do far more justice to the original poetics of this epic masterpiece.