The Poetical Works of Christopher Smart
The Works of Horace, Translated into Verse Volume 5
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Poetical Works of Christopher Smart by Christopher Smart
Book DescriptionPublished here for the first time since 1767, Christopher Smart's verse translation of Horace was made in the prodigiously creative years between his release from the madhouse and his death. The translation strengthens the impression made by all Smart's later verse of a poet of remarkable lyrical virtuosity and boldness of expression. The translation now emerges as testimony to Smart's tireless creativity and poetic energy, and as a significant contribution to the present reappraisal of Horace's influence on English literature. Smart's contemporaries, however, either ignored the project, or treated it with contempt, and it was never reprinted. This edition includes Smart's own critical preface, which is important for its declaration of the writer's principles as translator, and for its unorthodox ideas about poetic language. Karina Williamson's informative introduction discusses Smart's principles and methods in the context of eighteenth century attitudes to the translation of clasical works. Full scholarly apparatus is provided, together with a detailed and clarifying commentary which explains Smart's more obscure passages.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198127727
(223mm x 143mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 6-Jun-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This is a literary critical edition of Christopher Smart's translation of Phaedrus's fables. Many of the best known Aesopian fables are in fact the work of the Roman poet Phaedrus, a freed slave. Smart's version aims to capture the spirit and humour of the Latin originals.
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