Memorial

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Memorial

A Version of Homer's Iliad

By Alice Oswald; Eavan Boland (Afterword by); Eavan Boland (Introduction by)

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393088670, 112pp.

Publication Date: September 10, 2012

Description
In this daring new work, the poet Alice Oswald strips away the narrative of the Iliad the anger of Achilles, the story of Helen in favor of attending to its atmospheres: the extended similes that bring so much of the natural order into the poem and the corresponding litany of the war-dead, most of whom are little more than names but each of whom lives and dies unforgettably and unforgotten in the copious retrospect of Homer's glance. The resulting poem is a war memorial and a profoundly responsive work that gives new voice to Homer's level-voiced version of the world. Through a mix of narrative and musical repetition, the sequence becomes a meditation on the loss of human life.


About the Author
Alice Oswald has published three books of poetry and received the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. She lives with her husband, the playwright Peter Oswald, and their three children in Devon, England.

Eavan Boland is the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry and nonfiction. A professor and the director of the creative writing program at Stanford University, she is the winner of a Lannan Foundation Award. She lives in Stanford, California, and Dublin, Ireland.

Eavan Boland is the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry and nonfiction. A professor and the director of the creative writing program at Stanford University, she is the winner of a Lannan Foundation Award. She lives in Stanford, California, and Dublin, Ireland.