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Tales from Ovid: 24 Passages from the Metamorphoses Ted Hughes

Tales from Ovid: 24 Passages from the Metamorphoses

Ted Hughes

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ISBN : 9780374228415
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257 pages
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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. TheMoreThe 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), Hughess poetry has depicted raw, primordial conflicts in which the elements (earth, air, fire, water) are vital forces. These aspects of Hughess 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 Ovids 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 Hughess brief Introduction.