Description - Puerilities by Daryl Hine
Elegiac lyrics celebrating the love of boys, which the translator terms Puerilities, comprise most of the twelfth book of The Greek Anthology. That book, the so-called Musa Puerilis, is brilliantly translated in this, the first complete verse version in English. It is a delightful eroticopia of short poems by great and lesser-known Greek poets, spanning hundreds of years, from ancient times to the late Christian era. The epigrams - wry, wistful, lighthearted, libidinous, and sometimes bawdy - revel in the beauty and fickle affection of boys and young men and in the fleeting joys of older men in loving them. Some, doubtless bandied about in the tax and refined setting of banquets, are translated as limericks. Also included are a few fine and often funny poems about girls and women. Fashion changes in morality as well as in poetry. The sort of platonic attachment that inspired these verses was considered perfectly normal and respectable for over a thousand years. Some of the very best Greek poets - including Strato of Sardis, Theocritus, and Meleager of Gadara - are to be found in these pages.
The more than two hundred fifty poems range from the lovely to the playful to the ribald, but all are, as an epigram should be, polished and elegant. The Greek originals face the translations, enhancing the volume's charm.
Buy Puerilities by Daryl Hine from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
(216mm x 140mm x 8mm)
Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication:
Other Editions - Puerilities by Daryl Hine
Book Reviews - Puerilities by Daryl Hine
Author Biography - Daryl Hine
Daryl Hine is the author of fourteen collections of original poetry, three plays, a novel, and nonfiction prose, as well as translations from the Greek and Latin classics, including the Homeric Hymns and the works of Theocritus and Ovid. He was editor of Poetry from 1968 to 1978 and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters award, and a MacArthur Foundation fellowship.