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The Oresteia (Paperback)
The Oresteia (Paperback): Aeschylus

The Oresteia (Paperback)

Aeschylus; Volume editing by William Whallon

Series: Oleander language & literature, 18

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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)

General

Imprint: Oleander Press
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Oleander language & literature, 18
Release date: March 1997
Authors: Aeschylus
Volume editors: William Whallon
Dimensions: 210mm (L)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 115
ISBN-13: 978-0-906672-59-4
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts > Drama texts, plays
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts > Drama texts, plays > General
LSN: 0-906672-59-7
Barcode: 9780906672594

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