Sunday, March 30, 2008

Robert Fagles

I heard via the "No Left Turns" blog today that Robert Fagles has died. He composed my favourite translation of Homer's Iliad, and Peter Schramm gives an appropriate good-bye to him:

Robert Fagles has died. It is probable that more literal translations have been done of Homer (and Virgil) than his, but no other had the drive, the "Homeric swagger" (as one calls it), the taking away your breath kind of energy and pace that his had. I have read all aloud and found myself (like a fool, no doubt) speaking in his music for days following. The battles and the hard work and then the great-hearted Odysseus gives living proof to Penelope, and the most understanding man alive wept as he held the soul of loyalty to his breast at last. Thank you, Robert Fagles.

"Rage - Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus' son Achilles..."

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