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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780571274185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571274185
  • ASIN: 0571274188
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Oswald doesn't so much revise as explode the tradition of translation ... [her] radiant poetry of remembrance will not be readily forgotten.' -- Independent <p /<>p > 'This is remembering on a grand scale. This is a concentrated, intense, multi-tasking elegy. And it is written with a freshness to match Homer's own ... I long to hear Memorial performed; it would be tremendous. As the death toll rises, one becomes aware that only one thing survives - a life force carrying everything with it: the poem itself.' -- Observer p/ ><p/ >'It is a delight to read ... a modernised version that delights in the unexpected... Read Alice Oswald in order to be reminded how such an everlasting work can still shock, even in the 21st century.' --Economist

'Precise and scalpel-sharp ... The words are Homer's but refracted through [Oswald's] own lucent poetic imagination. She stitches into this unadorned fabric some of the glorious similes of Homer ... It is an exquisite and brutal thing taken entirely on its own terms. It's a major achievement.' -- Guardian<p/ >

'Magnificent ... This beautiful, bleak poem ... Oswald has achieved a miraculous feat. She's exposed a skeleton, but foundsomething magnificently eerie and rich. She has truly made, to borrow a phrase from Stephen Spender, a "minature iliad", taut, fluid and graceful, its tones knelling like bells into the clear air, ringing out in remembrance of all the untimely dead.' --Telegraph

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Memorial, by Alice Oswald, is a glitteringly original new poem which is also a version of Homer's Iliad, from the T. S. Eliot Prize-winning poet.

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