Be sure to read: The Prologue, The Knight's Tale, The Miller's Tale, The Nun's Priest's Tale, The Pardoner's Tale, and The Wife of Bath's Tale.
Here is link to an excellent article on the meters of classical Greek poetry: Introduction to Greek Meter. (This will link to a PDF file.) So much of what we miss in translation is a direct appreciation for the sophistication, structure, and nuance of the craft in Homer, Sappho, and Euripides. This article can give you a sense of the richness of the original poetry.
Nearly 3,000 years since he was immortalized in Homer's epic "The Iliad," the Greek hero Achilles is still getting literary makeovers. He has appeared in Dante's "Inferno," Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida" and the "Captain Marvel" comic-book series. A recent cluster of novels have featured the warrior, including Zachary Mason's "The Lost Books of the Odyssey," literary writer David Malouf's 2009 novel "Ransom" and paranormal-romance writer P.C. Cast's "Warrior Rising," a romantic caper based on the Trojan War (complete with steamy cover art of Achilles' bare chest).
I'll be giving a talk on estate planning with life insurance at the Terrace Club (25 West 51st St) on Thursday, March 1st at 6pm. There will be food and drink, talk about law, life, and lessons that can be learned from King Lear about how to plan your estate! Let me know by email or in class if you're interested in attending.
Of the poems of Sappho, these are not to be missed, and we will discuss them, among others, in class. The reference numbers are first to the page number in the Barnstone translation (Shambhala edition) followed by the tradtional fragment number:
"Prayer to Afroditi" p 3/f 1
"The Virgin" p 18/f 105a, c
"Seizure" p 43/f 31
"Alone" p 44/f 168b
"Supreme Sight on the Black Earth" p 46/f 16
"Sweetbitter" p 58/f 130
"No Oblivion" p 109/f 95
Robert Graves: The Greek Myths: Complete Edition
Following is Part 2 of a list of passages from the selected Book for focused discussion (Line numbers referring to the Fagles translation):
- Patroclus, 32-78, 951-1000 ("But you are intractable, Achilles!"), ("Hector waiting, watching")
- The Shield of Achilles, 558-709 ("And first Hephaestus makes a great and massive shield")
- Xanthus, 350-58, 418-27 ("Oh dear brother, rise! Both of us together"), ("Oh Hera--why?)
- Hector, 418-59 ("At the point of death, Hector, his helmet flashing")
- Priam & Achilles, 570-788 ("Remember your own father, great godlike Achilles--")