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Horace: The Odes [Paperback]

By Horace & Kenneth Quinn (Editor)
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Pages   333
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 6, 2001
Publisher   Duckworth Publishers
ISBN  1853995134  
EAN  9781853995132  

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They have inspired poets and challenged translators through the centuries. The odes of Horace are the cornerstone of lyric poetry in the Western world. Their subtlety of tone and brilliance of technique have often proved elusive, especially when--as has usually been the case--a single translator ventures to maneuver through Horace's infinite variety. Now for the first time, leading poets from America, England, and Ireland have collaborated to bring all 103 odes into English in a series of new translations that dazzle as poems while also illuminating the imagination of one of literary history's towering figures.

The thirty-five contemporary poets assembled in this outstanding volume include nine winners of the Pulitzer prize for poetry as well as four former Poet Laureates. Their translations, while faithful to the Latin, elegantly dramatize how the poets, each in his or her own way, have engaged Horace in a spirited encounter across time.

Each of the odes now has a distinct voice, and Horace's poetic achievement has at last been revealed in all its mercurial majesty. In his introduction, J. D. McClatchy, the volume's editor and one of the translators, reflects on the meaning of Horace through the ages and relates how a poet who began as a cynical satirist went on to write the odes. For the connoisseur, the original texts appear on facing pages allowing Horace's ingenuity to be fully appreciated. For the general reader, these new translations--all of them commissioned for this book--will be an exhilarating tour of the best poets writing today and of the work of Horace, long obscured and now freshly minted.

The contributors are Robert Bly, Eavan Boland, Robert Creeley, Dick Davis, Mark Doty, Alice Fulton, Debora Greger, Linda Gregerson, Rachel Hadas, Donald Hall, Robert Hass, Anthony Hecht, Daryl Hine, John Hollander, Richard Howard, John Kinsella, Carolyn Kizer, James Lasdun, J. D. McClatchy, Heather McHugh, W. S. Mervin, Paul Muldoon, Carl Phillips, Robert Pinsky, Marie Ponsot, Charles Simic, Mark Strand, Charles Tomlinson, Ellen Bryantr Voigt, David Wagoner, Rosanna Warren, Richard Wilbur, C. K. Williams, Charles Wright, and Stephen Yenser.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Quintus Horatius Flaccus was born in 6 B.C. at Venusia in Apulia. His father, though once a slave, had made enough money as an auctioneer to send his son to a well-known school in Rome and subsequently to university in Athens. There Horace joined Brutus army and served on his staff until the defeat at Philippi in 42 BC. On returning to Rome, he found that his father was dead and his property had been confiscated, but he succeeded in obtaining a secretarial post in the treasury, which gave him enough to live on. The poetry he wrote in the next few years impressed Virgil, who introduced him to the great patron Maecenas in 38 BC. This event marked the beginning of a life-long friendship. From now on Horace had no financial worries; he moved freely among the leading poets and statesmen of Rome; his work was admired by Augustus, and indeed after Virgil s death in 19 BC he was virtually Poet Laureate. Horace died in 8 BC, only a few months after Maecenas.

Betty Radice
read classics at Oxford, then married and, in the intervals of bringing up a family, tutored in classics, philosophy and English. She became joint editor of the Penguin Classics in 1964. As well as editing the translation of Livy s The War with Hannibal she translated Livy s Rome and Italy, Pliny s Letters, The Letters of Abelard and Heloise and Erasmus s Praise of Folly, and also wrote the introduction to Horace s Complete Odes and Epodes, all for the Penguin Classics. She also edited Edward Gibbon s Memoirs of My Life for the Penguin English Library, and edited and annotated her translation of the younger Pliny s works for the Loeb Library of Classics and translated from Renaissance Latin, Greek and Italian for the Officina Bodoni of Verona. She collaborated as a translator in the Collected Works of Erasmus, and was the author of the Penguin Reference Book Who s Who in the Ancient World. Betty Radice was an honorary fellow of St Hilda s College, Oxford, and a vice-president of the Classical Association. Betty Radice died in 1985."

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  2. Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
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Just wonderful  Jan 6, 2006
If you love poetry, treat yourself to this spelendid collection. Horace's Latin is too difficult for most of us whose high school education is distant. These translations are never less than readable and often beautiful. This may be a book that reminds us of why Horace has been read and loved for two thousand years.
a good commentary---misleadingly presented by Amazon  Nov 9, 2005
Kenneth Quinn's edition of Horace's odes is the best edition and commentary in print aimed at undergraduate-level classes. I have taught it myself a number of times over the years and have found it perfectly acceptable. What I want to protest is this site's habit of pasting faulty information onto its books' websites. For instance, when one clicks on Quinn's edition of Horace, one gets a web-page that offers a bit of the translation of the first ode, some "editorial reviews," and one reader review---all of which refer not to Quinn's edition and commentary but to J.D. McClatchy's "Horace: The Odes: New Translations of Contemporary Poets." I have often noticed that when one clicks on a particular translation of, say, Homer or Vergil, the this site site will shower one with blurbs and reader reviews of some *other* translation, a fact that can easily confuse the unwary. In this case, a prospective reader who wants to know more about a particular edition (i.e. Latin text, with no translation) and commentary of Horace is being treated to all sorts of information about a very different bird entitely: a *translation* of the odes. This is getting silly. Please fix this, this site!
Horace in the "Chaotic Age"  Apr 16, 2003
This is one of the finest translations of Horace ever compiled, all done by modern poets. Each translation seem done with care, more for the spirit of the poem than its transliterative meaning. The method of approaching Horace, by distributing the odes among some forty poets, keeps the timeless beauty of his poetry fresh. This is also a bilingual edition of Horace, which is an indispensable condition. Harold Bloom concurs that this is the best English translation of Horace's Odes.

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