New PDF release: Ancient Greek Epigrams: Major Poets in Verse Translation

By Gordon L. Fain

ISBN-10: 0520947762

ISBN-13: 9780520947764

After Sappho yet sooner than the nice Latin poets, crucial brief poems within the old international have been Greek epigrams. starting with easy expressions engraved on stone, those poems finally encompassed approximately each topic we now go together with lyric poetry in English. a number of the most interesting are on love and might later exert a profound impact on Latin love poets and, via them, on the entire poetry of Europe and the West. This quantity bargains a consultant choice of the easiest Greek epigrams in unique verse translation. It showcases the poetry of 9 poets (including one woman), with many epigrams from the lately stumbled on Milan papyrus. Gordon L. Fain presents an available normal creation describing the emergence of the epigram in Hellenistic Greece, including brief essays at the lifestyles and paintings of every poet and short explanatory notes for the poems, making this assortment a fantastic anthology for a large viewers of readers.

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28 CONJUNCTURE OF BODY AND GARDEN XXXVII ]'ai mis en place une tragedie. ]'en ordonne, un aun, les actes. La-bas, le sens. Vieux monarque dans son palais en ruine. lei, les mots. Ils se concertent. Ils arracheront le pouvoir. J e vois, sans mal, se derouler le drame. II faudra qu'il perisse, mon roi dechu. Et que les autres se dechirent. Tout s'achevera par la nuit. Je vais,je viens,je decide. Je me plais aux partages clairs. Avec, au fond du jardin, l'angoisse que tout commence. XXXVIII L'ombre avec ses couloirs.

Je te rends aux chemins, toi qui mourais sur chaque fleur. Delaisse nos saisons. Altere le savoir des signes. L'air est sublime. Le ciel monte. Nous marcherons comme si dieu dormait. 45 CLAUDE ESTEBAN LXI I closed my book, unfinished. What do clear words matter? All the pages read speak of an unshaken sun. I didn't see the shadow growing on the wall. LXII I said no to pride. I said: the entire body has to listen. This garden is my body too. The first day's stones, reply tome. I said: outside sleep, the other was not false, the fmal earth.

Drink us with it. Wash the old channel of tears. That which was accumulated, day by day, no longer counts. XX XVI The books. Perfected speech, absolute. It takes the place of bread and being. It was I. Slowly I grew up among the pages of assurance. Unattained by death, a prisoner of paper. When the sky grew dark, your victory was certain, lamp of signs! The flesh less naked once it's shared or written. Slowly I grew up. Like an unsheltered garden, ravaged suddenly by wind. 28 CONJUNCTURE OF BODY AND GARDEN XXXVII ]'ai mis en place une tragedie.

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