Greek Lyric Poetry: The Poems and Fragments of the Greek Iambic, Elegiac and Melic Poets (Excluding Pindar and Bacchylides) Down to 450 B.C. Hardcover – 15 Jul 1993
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"West shows...ingenuity and resourcefulness at bringing across the complex linguistic, generic and social nuances of the originals....West's book should be the translation of choice for students and general readers, whatever their motive for reading this poetry may be, and even experienced scholars will want to see what West has made of the difficult and controversial passages they encounter in their own study of Greek....By all means acquire this beautifully produced volume."--International Journal of the Classical Tradition
"Clear, modern translation free of the defects of both literalism and unnecessary paraphrase. A very useful book for a survey of Greek lit course."--Douglas Domingo Foraste, California State University at Long Beach
"A representative and entrancing collection faithfully rendered with musical elegance and, when the occasion demands, frankly lucid."--E.N. Genovese, San Diego State University
"Finally an affordable replacement for Lattimore! This selection is enormous, the notes are generous in scope. I will adopt this next time I do Greek lit."--D.W. Tandy, University of Tennessee
"While translation always pays a price, this one can boast a language vigorous and frank, and above all, readable."--Donald L. Jennermann, Religious Studies Review
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
The late Martin West was a Fellow and Praelector at University College, Oxford, from 1963 to 1974, then Professor of Greek at Bedford and Royal Holloway Colleges London till 1991, and a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College Oxford from 1991 to 2004. His many books include Ambient Greek Music, Iambi et Graeci Vols. I and II (second editions), An Introduction to Greek Metre (paperback) and Delectus ex Iambis et Elgis Graecis (Oxford Classical Text). --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Well, that's what you get here! It is as concise and complete as you need it for studying but as art to love and enjoy...the translations by West are tired, monotonous and stiff...I almost like Lattimore's stiff translations of Greek lyric more!
The print is also un-aesthetic and poems are so close next to each other (in order to fit them all), that it strains your eyes to read them.
A useful text for people in school but not for those to be truly inspired by...though I wish I could say the opposite.
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