The Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius
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Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius by Sextus Propertius
Book DescriptionThe Roman poet Propertius is best known as the writer who perfected the Latin love elegy, a technical as much as a psychological and cultural feat. Propertius has been admired for both his metrical genius and the modernity of his narrative flow. Many of the poems here pay tribute to Cynthia, Propertius's romantic obsession, but the scope of these 107 elegies is broad. Propertius's poetry offers a fascinating look into life in the Augustan age, addressing social, political, and historical subjects. A contemporary of Virgil and Horace, Propertius has influenced scores of poets--from Ovid to Housman to Pound. His poetry appears here for the first time in a dual-language edition with the translations facing the original Latin. Rendered into English by a poet who is also one of the nation's pre-eminent Propertius experts, the volume brings Propertius's difficult mix of vernacular and high literary allusion into contemporary language. Cynthia was the first. She caught me with her eyes, a fool who had never before been touched by desires. Love cast down my look of constant pride, and he pressed on my head with his feet, until he taught me to despise chaste girls, perversely, and to live without plan. Already, it's been a whole year that the frenzy hasn't stopped, when, for all that, the gods are against me.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691115825
(229mm x 152mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 17-May-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Sextus Propertius
Poems, Paperback (July 2009)
Of all the great classical love poets, Propertius is surely one of those with most immediate appeal for the twentieth-century reader. His poetry centres on a helpless infatuation for his sinister mistress, Cynthia, and it is analysed with a tormented but witty grandeur in all its changing moods - from ecstasy to suicidal despair.
Propertius: Elegies Book 4, Paperback (June 2009)
In this edition of Propertius Book IV, Camps follows the general lines of his earlier edition of Book I (Cambridge, 1960).
Propertius: Elegies, Paperback (June 2009)
Book II is especially suitable for the reader wanting a representative selection of Propertius' poetry.
Elegies Bk 3 Camps, Paperback (June 2009)» View all books by Sextus Propertius
In his introduction Camps writes of the literary qualities of the poems and suggests some valid critical approaches for the modern reader.
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Author Biography - Sextus Propertius
Vincent Katz is a poet, translator, art critic, and curator. He is the author of "Charm", translations from the Latin of book I of the elegies of Sextus Propertius, as well as eight books of original poetry.
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