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Gilgamesh: A Verse Play (Wesleyan Poetry) [Paperback]

By Yusef Komunyakaa (Author) & Chad Gracia (Author)
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Pages   112
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.4"
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 31, 2009
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819568252  
EAN  9780819568250  

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Bringing new life to the world's oldest story, Yusef Komunyakaa and Chad Gracia have refashioned a classic Sumerian legend into a compelling verse play. In this ageless saga, Gilgamesh of Uruk, part god and part man, embarks on an other-worldly quest in search of immortality. This new version elaborates on the key themes of the story and weaves them into a vibrant and emotional new form. Wesleyan's edition of Gilgamesh is like no other and will take its place among the most powerful and engaging interpretations of this timeless tale.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Yusef Komunyakaa's twelve books of poems include Taboo, Warhorses, Talking Dirty to the Gods, and Neon Vernacular: New and Selected Poems, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Komunyakaa first received wide recognition following the 1984 publication of Copacetic, a collection of poems built from colloquial speech which demonstrated his incorporation of jazz influences. He followed the book with two others: I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head (1986), winner of the San Francisco Poetry Center Award; and Dien Cai Dau (1988), which won The Dark Room Poetry Prize and has been cited by poets such as William Matthews and Robert Hass as being among the best writing on the war in Vietnam. Komunyakaa is the recipient of the 2011 Wallace Stevens Award. His other honors include the William Faulkner Prize from the Universite de Rennes, the Thomas Forcade Award, the Hanes Poetry Prize, fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Louisiana Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches poetry and creative writing in the Department of English at New York University.

Yusef Komunyakaa was born in 1947 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Indiana University.

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maybe you just have to SEE the play...  Dec 17, 2009
If a verse play is going to be written about a great and ancient epic, it ought to surpass the language of the original (or, since I myself can definitely NOT read the original cuneiform tablets: It should surpass the language of the original's translations).

The beginning of the play is too hokey. Although the length of each stich is reminiscent of most translations of the original tablets, their brevity at the beginning of the play, as each character speaks no more than three lines at a time until late into the play, sucks the beauty out of them and lends them the aforesaid hokiness.

When characters begin to deliver lengthier soliloquies, the play picks up and can be appreciated more for its language (which I'm assuming everyone will take to be any verse play's focal point).

The sentiments regarding death in the play, a huge theme of it, I think are cliché. You'd think, Obviously, because this play is an interpretation of an extant literary work (if you'd call something so old "literary"), its sentiments are going to be cliche. But because Gracia creates so much hype about the theme in the book's introduction, I anticipated much more.

Recap: Beginning sucks. Middle-end is good.

And, to avoid spoiling the ending in any way, I've decided not to write anything about it.



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