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Tales from Ovid: 24 Passages from the Metamorphoses

by Hughes, Ted

  • ISBN: 9780374228415
  • ISBN10: 0374228418

Tales from Ovid: 24 Passages from the Metamorphoses

by Hughes, Ted

  • List Price: $25.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Publish date: 01/01/2006
  • ISBN: 9780374228415
  • ISBN10: 0374228418
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Description: The Metamorphoses of Ovid stands with the works of Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Milton as a classic of world poetry. Ted Hughes, one of the most admired and widely read of living poets, has now translated twenty-four stories from the Metamorphoses. The result is the most vigorous and supple twentieth-century version of this classic, at once a delight for the Latinist and an appealing introduction to Ovid for the general reader.

From his early book Crow to his recent book Wolf-Watching (FSG, 1991), Hughes's poetry has depicted raw, primordial conflicts in which the elements (earth, air, fire, water) are vital forces. These aspects of Hughes's poetic manner are ideally suited to the Metamorphoses, whose stories tell of the transformations -- through love, death, or radical physical change -- undergone by great figures of mythology: Hercules, Narcissus, Proserpina, Pygmalion, Midas, Bacchus, Arachne, Venus and Adonis, Pyramus and Thisbe. Transformation or metamorphosis, for Ovid, is a skeleton key to the workings of life itself and to the workings of art as well. Writing in clear, emphatic unrhymed verse, Hughes has transformed Ovid's Latin verses into English, giving us not only a new Ovid but a substantial new work of poetry in English.

This beautifully designed and produced edition of the Metamorphoses includes Hughes's brief Introduction.

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