Memorial

A Version of Homer's Iliad

by Alice Oswald

Memorial

Hardcover, 90 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $24.95 | purchase

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Stripping away its narrative and context, adapts Homer's epic poem into a meditation on the loss of human life in combat.

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On my own table sit three more volumes, books that carry us from the antique past, through 20th century history, and into the future. Out of a British poet's love and respect for ancient poetry comes Memorial, Alice Oswald's audacious, powerful and beautiful version of The Iliad. But, as she notes in her introduction, seven-eighths of the poem has been removed, not missing but sheared away, so that Oswald can focus on what she calls the lament tradition in the metaphors

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