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(The Odyssey.pdf) Tell us Goddess daughter of Zeus start in your own place br br when all the rest at Troy had fled from that steep doom br br and gone back home away from war and the salt sea br br only this man longed for his wife and a way home br br Homer s i Odyssey i at once an exciting epic of strife and subterfuge and a deeply felt tale of love and devotion stands at the very beginning of the Western literary tradition From ancient Greece to the present day its influence on later literature has been unsurpassed and for centuries translators have approached the meter tone and pace of Homer s poetry with a variety of strategies Chapman and Pope paid keen attention to color drama and vivacity of style rendering the Greek verse loosely and inventively In the twentieth century translators such as Lattimore kept rigorously close to the sense of each word in the original others including Fitzgerald and Fagles have departed further from the language of the original employing their own inventive modern style br br Poet and translator Edward McCrorie now opens new territory in this striking rendition which captures the spare powerful tone of Homer s epic while engaging contemporary readers with its brisk pace idiomatic language and lively characterization McCrorie closely reproduces the Greek metrical patterns and employs a diction and syntax that reflects the plain at times stark quality of Homer s lines rather than later English poetic styles Avoiding both the stiffness of word for word literalism and the exaggeration and distortion of free adaptation this translation dramatically evokes the ancient sound and sense of the poem McCrorie s is truly an i Odyssey i for the twenty first century br br To accompany this innovative translation noted classical scholar Richard Martin has written an accessible and wide ranging introduction explaining the historical and literary context of the i Odyssey i its theological and cultural underpinnings Homer s poetic strategies and narrative techniques and his cast of characters In addition Martin provides detailed notes far more extensive than those in other editions addressing key themes and concepts the histories of persons gods events and myths literary motifs and devices and plot development Also included is a pronunciation glossary and character indexDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming The Odyssey books for multiple devices.