The First Poets: Lives of the Ancient Greek Poets
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - xieouyang - LibraryThing
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 poetsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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