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The Oresteia - Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides (Paperback) Loot Price: R130
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The Oresteia - Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides (Paperback)

Aeschylus; Edited by W. Stanford; Translated by Robert Fagles

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Though it's tempting to imagine the late English poet laureate's long tortured relationship with the image of (his wife) feminist heroine Sylvia Plath as its subtext, this vivid free-verse translation of Aeschylus' dark and bloody tragic trilogy (comprising Agamemnon, Choephori, and Eumenides) more properly evinces Hughes's wide range of interests and mastery of classic literatures. His nearly conversational rhythms produce an arresting mixture of colloquialism and formality, enlivened by strong imagery (as in the matricidal Orestes' declaration that "This house has been the goblet / That the demon of homicide, unquenchable, / Has loved to drain"), and only infrequently weakened by astonishing woodenness - as in Clytemnestra's cool reply to the Chorus who lament her murder of her husband: "You think I'm an irresponsible woman? / You are making a mistake"). Perhaps not the ultimate "acting edition" it claims to be, but, still, an essential further installment in the always interesting oeuvre of a gifted poet who was also a diligent scholar. (Kirkus Reviews)
In the Oresteia - the only trilogy in Greek drama which survives from antiquity - Aeschylus took as his subject the bloody chain of murder and revenge within the royal family of Argos.

Moving from darkness to light, from rage to self-governance, from primitive ritual to civilized institution, its spirit of struggle and regeneration is eternal.

General

Imprint: Penguin Classics
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: September 1977
First published: February 1984
Authors: Aeschylus
Editors: W. Stanford
Translators: Robert Fagles
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 15mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 335
ISBN-13: 978-0-14-044333-2
Languages: English
Subtitles: Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts > Drama texts, plays
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LSN: 0-14-044333-9
Barcode: 9780140443332

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