By Willis Barnstone
Old Greek Lyrics collects Willis Barnstone's dependent translations of Greek lyric poetry -- together with the main entire Sappho in English, newly translated. This quantity contains a consultant sampling of the entire major poets, from Archilochos, within the seventh century BCE, via Pindar and the opposite nice singers of the classical age, all the way down to the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine sessions. William E. McCulloh's advent illuminates the kinds and improvement of the Greek lyric whereas Barnstone presents a quick biographical and literary caricature for every one poet and provides a considerable creation to Sappho -- revised for this version -- entire with notes and resources. A thesaurus and up-to-date bibliography are incorporated.
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There were no indentations of shorter lines as in later manuscripts, for the poetic lines were also run together. Only capital letters were used. Thus even the question of whether English lines should begin with upper- or lower-case letters has no real precedence in the original scripts, and the most faithful translations would use upper-case letters exclusively. ISAYITIS Even the stanzaic appearance of a Sapphic hymn or a Simonidean epigram as printed traditionally in Greek texts was determined by later scholars on the basis of metrical pauses.
Though removed in time, I have seen the cantankerous Archilochos in poverty because he fattened on the abuse of enemies. Pindar, Pythian Odes, 2 In this grave lies Archilochos whom the Muses guided to the writing of furious iambics to preserve the supremacy of Homer’s dactyls. Adrianos, Palatine Anthology Fields of Desire But my friend I am crippled by desire. If it is urgent and your hot desire can’t wait, there is one in our house who longs for a man. She is a beautiful thin virgin. I think her body perfect.
Hopefully, titles will serve to replace lengthy footnotes and make the poems more complete. Ideally, poetry in translation should one day lead a reader to a reading of the poem in the original tongue. The poem in its native phonemes, we often forget, was primarily a poem, and a good one, presumably, if chosen for translation. A poem in translation xxx A Note on Selections, Texts, and Translation should be faithful, if to anything, to this primary quality of the original—that of its being an effective poem.