By Gordon L. Fain
After Sappho yet ahead of the good Latin poets, crucial brief poems within the old international have been Greek epigrams. starting with uncomplicated expressions engraved on stone, those poems ultimately encompassed approximately each topic we now go together with lyric poetry in English. the various best are on love and might later exert a profound impression on Latin love poets and, via them, on the entire poetry of Europe and the West. This quantity bargains a consultant collection of the simplest Greek epigrams in unique verse translation. It showcases the poetry of 9 poets (including one woman), with many epigrams from the lately came upon Milan papyrus. Gordon L. Fain offers an obtainable normal advent 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 terrific anthology for a large viewers of readers.
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The dream was true— the test already begun, testing that never stops. That look is what he kissed her for, her lips— 29 he laughs when he tells this part of the story later— her lips clenched shut. (The nights she’d stayed working to give back the words he’d say. ) I can tell you this. No bat ever wasted time on wondering what it was like to be a human. 30 Mortal Coil I started to write a poem called “Skin,” about skin— about snakes, snakeskins out in the toolshed: shed vellum, opalescent. I touched them.
How can it possibly be done? —Sigmund Freud 1. My name is Jenny Scott; I found my end at the Textile Museum, on Embassy Row, on S. Street. What my father didn’t know couldn’t hurt me. What the government didn’t know could hurt him. What is kind in institutions is impersonal, also, what is cruel. Marriage is all it is cracked up to be. The carousel down on the Mall will stand still for a price. I never got to ride the jeweled horse. ” And I learned to dye. I miss my arts and crafts lessons, release and discipline combined, their steadiness.
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Ancient Greek Epigrams: Major Poets in Verse Translation by Gordon L. Fain