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'Translation' and Transformation: Alice Oswald's Excavation of the Iliad

Minchin, Elizabeth


Alice Oswald's, Memorial, an 'excavation' of the Iliad, is a response to that ancient account of the grief and pain that is inevitably the outcome of war. Oswald herself describes the poem as an 'oral cemetery'. Borrowing some of the most conspicuous of Homer's traditional epic elements - his lists, biographies, and smiles - and blending paraphrase and translation, Oswald has re-worked this early epic, creating a poem for today's world. This paper offers a close reading of Memorial, its themes...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Classical Receptions Journal
DOI: 10.1093/crj/clu005


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