Ovid's Heroines Paperback – 30 May 2013
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In many ways Pollard, a wunderkind who wrote her first poetry collection while still at school, is a good match for the equally precocious Ovid...these are lively versions, seasoned with both agony and irony, reanimating Ovid's originals. --Josephine Balmer, The Times
Ovid died in exile, booted out of Rome for what he described as carmen et error - a poem and a mistake. These letters remind us that he, of all Latin love poets, understood the plight of the person left behind, waiting for news. He knew that even bad news was less excruciating than no news. And this breezy, witty translation should give new readers the chance to share this understanding. --Natalie Haynes, The Guardian
The themes are ancient - guilt, grief, the almost unbearable com-mingling of beauty and suffering but shown through contemporary globalised life in all its grossness and glory... Pollard's wit, honesty and recklessness. --Frances Leviston, Yorkshire Post
About the Author
Clare Pollard was born in Bolton in 1978 and lives in London. She has published four collections with Bloodaxe: The Heavy-Petting Zoo (1998), which she wrote while still at school, Bedtime (2002), Look, Clare! Look! (2005) and Changeling, which is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. Her translation Ovid's Heroines was published by Bloodaxe in 2013. Her first play The Weather (Faber, 2004) premièred at the Royal Court Theatre. She works as an editor, broadcaster and teacher. Her documentary for radio, My Male Muse (2007), was a Radio 4 Pick of the Year. She is co-editor, with James Byrne, of the anthology Voice Recognition: 21 poets for the 21st century (Bloodaxe Books, 2009).
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Having had her first collection of poems published in her teens, Pollard has always had an assured voice in her writings. Her public readings have considerable power, due as much to the quality of her writing as to her presence on the podium. Her mastery words is impressive. She has never be satisfied to rest on her laurels. The poems here, as with her previous collections, show her expanding her range, yet even if they are used here to convey the words of another poet’s voices. There is also something in her writing here that carries her poetic voiceprint, though maybe readers who have not heard her reading in public might not pick this up. The writing is so good, it will carry a new reader along with the words.
This brings us to the presence of Ovid. I have read and enjoyed the “Metamorphoses,” a work that has had considerable presence in Western Literature. It is a monumental work, such that any other work, even by the same poet might be overshadowed by in comparison. Pollard mentions in her fascinating introduction that the “Heroides” enjoyed a popularity that may have eclipsed even that great work. If this came as a surprise, a greater shock was the possibility that the “Heroides” came to be seen as an inferior work by scholars.Read more ›