- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (4 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571274188
- ISBN-13: 978-0571274185
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.9 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Memorial Paperback – 4 Oct 2012
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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/ >
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.See all Product description
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"And HECTOR died like everyone else
He was in charge of the Trojans
But a spear found out the little patch of white
Between his collarbone and his throat
Just exactly where a man's soul sits
waiting for the mouth to open
He always knew it would happen".
She performs in a voice little above a whisper (although that is amplified, so you'll be fine if you're at the back), standing at a lectern on a bare, unlit stage. It really is an experience. Be warned: the performance takes an hour and a half. You will not want to wriggle, cough or clap during that time so make sure you are comfortable before she starts!
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How does she keep getting away with it ? Dart and Woods etc , books that are not poetry but a strange, hemisphere-scrambling , imitation of poetry. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Thomasgreen
A unique rendition of the Trojan war - extremely well written, emotive, moving and beautiful. A work of geniusPublished on 12 May 2015 by P. Radcliffe
There is no other poet today who writes like Alice Oswald. She is quite simply a unique voice who, in this piece of work, reimagines the events of the ancient world in a way that... Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2015 by Dalea11
A wonderful recording of Memorial by the poet herself. It is a profoundly moving piece that remains fresh and alive - though it deals with death - on each hearing. Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2015 by Dalea11
Ultimately this was disappointing.
Expectations were high as other reviews had praised the book, but this was a thin gruel made from the bones of a great masterpiece.