The Shade of Homer
A Study in Modern Greek Poetry
By (author) David Ricks
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Shade of Homer by David Ricks
Book DescriptionIn exploring the significance of Homer for the poetry of modern Greece - benign shade or looming shadow? - Dr Ricks is tackling a theme that has implications for the study of poetic influence in general. In this 1989 book, he takes the work of Sikelianos, Cavafy and Seferis and subjects a selection of poems to a careful scrutiny. These poems are not imitations of Homer but fresh engagements with Homeric themes, and comparison of the modern versions with the original is found to be illuminating for the poets' methods of composition. Dr Ricks does not lose sight of the larger significance of his subject, and modern poets from outside Greece - Eliot and Pound, in particular - find their way into the discussion. All Greek is translated and the reader has no need to be a specialist in modern or in ancient Greek to find this study absorbing and instructive.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521604536
(216mm x 138mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David Ricks
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Aims to situate the Greek experience within the context of historical thinking about nations and nationalism in the modern world. This book spans the period from 1797, when Rigas Velestinlis published a constitution for an imaginary 'Hellenic Republic', at the cost of his life, to the establishment of the modern Olympic Games, in Athens in 1896.
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This 1989 book explores the significance of Homer for the poetry of modern Greece.
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