The First Poets: Lives of the Ancient Greek Poets (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 7, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 448 pages
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A dazzling literary exploration by acclaimed poet and critic Michael Schmidt, The First Poets brings to life for the general reader the great Greek poets who gave our poetic tradition its first bearings and whose works have had an enduring influence on our literature and our imagination.

Starting with the legendary and possibly mythical Orpheus and with Homer, Schmidt conjures a host of our literary forebears. From Hipponax, “the dirty old man of poetry,” to Theocritus, the father of pastoral; from Sappho, who threw herself from a cliff for love, to Hesiod, who claimed a visit from the Muses–the stories in The First Poets masterfully merge fact and conjecture into animated and compelling portraits of these ancestors of our culture.


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This is a fairly comprehensive survey including most important ancient Greek poets. It includes fairly even biographies of each poet, with some selection of their verses; although one would want to ... Read full review

The first poets: lives of the ancient Greek poets

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All too often poetry is given a bad rap and declared obsolete or boring. In his lively new book, Schmidt, editor of PN Review , publisher of Carcanet Press, and author of the critically acclaimed ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
Introduction
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V
VI
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XVI
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XVIII
XIX
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VII
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XXIV
XXV
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Michael Schmidt is the editor of PN Review, and editorial and managing director of Carcanet Press. He lives in Manchester, England, where he is the director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.


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