Metamorphoses: A New Translation (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 17, 2005 - Poetry - 624 pages
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"A version that has been long awaited, and likely to become the new standard."—Michael Dirda, Washington Post

Ovid's epic poem—whose theme of change has resonated throughout the ages—is one of the most important texts of Western imagination, an inspiration from Dante's times to the present day, when writers such as Salman Rushdie and Italo Calvino have found a living source in Ovid's work. Charles Martin combines a close fidelity to Ovid's text with verse that catches the speed and liveliness of the original. Martin's Metamorphoses will be the translation of choice for contemporary readers in English. This volume also includes endnotes and a glossary of people, places, and personifications.
  

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The diction and idioms of the ancient poets is difficult to become accustomed to at first (atleast for me), it wasn't until about the 100th page that I could read it lucidly. After that it was euphonic for me to read. A wonderful book and a beautiful translation. The translator's choice of words was excellent (it improved my vocabulary!) and his notes at the end of the translation were of great use. I was sure to read this book with Bulfinch's Mythology at my side for some of the arcane references. 

Contents

ROOK I
13
HOOK II
30
OF MORTAL CHILDREN AND IMMORTAL LUSTS
49
IK OK III
89
SPINNING YARNS AND WEAVING TAiES
121
CONTESTS OF ARMS AND SONG
157
BOOK VIII
240
HOOK VI
256
HOOK XI
350
ROME BEGINS AT TROY
367
ROOK XII
378
liOOK XIII
435
HOOK XIV
442
AROUND AND ABOUT WITH AENEAS
479
HOOK XV
508
PROPHETIC ACTS AND VISIONARY DREAMS
519

IMPIOUS ACTS AND EXEMPLARY LIVES
261
HOOK IX
278
DESIRE DECEIT AND DIFFICULT DELIVERIES
301
KOOh X
339
Notes
555
Persons Places and Personifications in the Metamorphoses
577
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About the author (2005)

Charles Martin is a poet, critic, and translator. His translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses received the Harold Morton Landon Award from the Academy of American Poets in 2004. In 2005, he received an Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the author of Signs & Wonders and Starting from Sleep: New and Selected Poems.

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