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The Burial at Thebes: Sophocles' Antigone by [Heaney, Seamus]
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Praise for Seamus Heaney's translation of "Beowulf: "
"Heaney has created something imperishable and great that is stainless--stainless, because its force as poetry makes it untouchable by the claw of literalism: it lives singly, as an English language poem." --James Wood, "The Guardian"


Heaney has created something imperishable and great that is stainless--stainless, because its force as poetry makes it untouchable by the claw of literalism: it lives singly, as an English language poem. "James Wood, The Guardian on Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf""

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The Burial at Thebes, by Nobel Prize-winner Seamus Heaney, is a new verse translation of Sophocles' great classical tragedy Antigone.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 279 KB
  • Print Length: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (15 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007231BVU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 77 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Following a battle for supremacy, Eteocles and Polyneices, the two sons of Oedipus, kill each other, leaving Creon, the brother-in-law to Oedipus, as ruler of Thebes. Since Polyneices lead the attacking force against Thebes, Creon labelled him a traitor and denied him any funeral rites. Anyone who countermanded this law would do so on pain of death.
This is the backdrop to The Burial at Thebes, formerly know as Antigone, the last play in the Oedipus trilogy by Sophocles.
It is a play of desperate and wrenching simplicity. The eponymous Antigone, sister of Polyneices, is faced with a choice: to choose between obeying the dictates of family love, in giving burial to her slaughtered brother, or to obey the laws of the state, as represented by King Creon. Her choice is made without hesitation, to honour the dead and defy the state. This is done at a terrible cost. She not only relinquished her own life but also her betrothed's, Haemon son of Creon, who fell on his own sword when he saw her dead. Following Haemon's death, Creon's wife, Euripides, takes up Creon's sword and after cursing her husband kills herself. Creon ends the play a broken man. His pride, his stubbornness in refusing to rescind the death penalty, ultimately cost him his wife and only son.
Many elements of the play lend themselves to modern times and dilemmas, but unlike some other translators, Heaney has the sense to trust in the original, and adds little in the way of anxiously contemporary signposting. He keeps the lines taut and clear, making the effect of this play all the more powerful.
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Heaney's version is easy to read and understand. A truly terrific tale of tragedy, heartbreak, and honour. I really enjoyed reading and studying this play and would recommend it to anyone looking for a moving play to read. It's short and quick and one i'll be rereading.
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A year ago I would have laughed heartily and long if anyone had told me I'd give one of the Classics A 5 star review.

It is one of the book's on the Open University AA100 The Arts past and present module, and I had been ambivalent at best, so when my Amazon package arrived I just thought it would be a quick flick through. How wrong could one girl be?

From the first word I was hooked. Seamus Heaney has done the most excellent job of making this Classic readable, and more importantly understandable and interesting.

I can't wait to get a deeper understanding of the text as my course goes on.
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A great translation of classic literature from a poet who himself will be considered as a classic writer.
The play itself is well known, but this translation manages to keep the classic language, and add a modern undertone. This tone never intrudes on the work, but enhances its constant rrelevance.
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Initially purchased for study purposes I found this interpretation of Antigone excellent, extremely readable with some amusing touches, its relevance to present situations is amazing.
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I really enjoyed this modern version of an ancient Greek play, given a hint of Irishness by the late great Seamus Heaney.
It is a tragedy, so don't expect a happy ending! But great to read, and light in size (doesn't take long).
Part of the Open University's 1st year Arts & Humanities syllabus (AA100).
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Imagine a situation in which your morals, ethics and belief system were challenged by your ruler. Should you obey the Gods or your king? Do you take care of your earthly life or look to protect your family's honour and your own afterlife? That was the dilemma presented to Antigone by her King. What would you have done in her position? Its a difficult question to answer and one which had far-reaching and devastating effects.

This contemporary translation was a joy to read. Fresh, clean, but true to the original work, Seamus Heaney's edition was a moment of unparalleled beauty in a very hectic world!

Throughly enjoyable and highly recommended.
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Okay, this isn't the sort of thing I usually read since I'm not really into this sort of stuff - but given I had a choice of two essays for a University assignment, I much preferred the option that requires me to read this text.
I was afraid that I'd struggle with understanding in fairness but I'm amazed by how simple Heany has made it to understand. Plus, it's turning out to not be a bad read (I put it down to share my thoughts here.)
I'll consider this my something new for the day - and I don't regret it. Pick it up. You too may be pleasantly surprised.
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