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Alcestis - Euripides, Ted Hughes
Alcestis
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A masterly translation of one of the greatest of Greek dramas.Their lives are the briefest concession,My concession, a nod of permission.As if I dozed off and dreamed a little.I take a dream-and Admetos calls it his life.-Death in AlcestisIn the years before his death at age sixty-eight in 1998,... show more
A masterly translation of one of the greatest of Greek dramas.Their lives are the briefest concession,My concession, a nod of permission.As if I dozed off and dreamed a little.I take a dream-and Admetos calls it his life.-Death in AlcestisIn the years before his death at age sixty-eight in 1998, Ted Hughes translated several classical works with great energy and ingenuity. His Tales from Ovid was called "one of the great works of our century" (Michael Hofmann, The Times, London), and his Phèdre was acclaimed on stage in New York as well as in London. Hughes's version of Euripides' Alcestis, the last of his translations, has the great brio of those works, and it is a powerful and moving addition to the body of work from the final phase of Hughes's career.Euripides was, with Aeschylus and Sophocles, one of the greatest of Greek dramatists. Alcestis tells the story of the grief of King Admetos for his wife, Alcestis, who has given her young life so that he may live. As translated by Hughes, the story has a distinctly modern sensibility while retaining the spirit of antiquity. It is a profound meditation on human mortality.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 0374149208
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 103
Edition language: English
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LunaLuss
LunaLuss rated it
4.0 Alcestis
Alcestis: a unique play. It takes many twisted paths. The 'betrayal' of parents to their son. The indifference of Gods(Apollo), and the courage of half-mortals (Heracles), the faithfulness of wives (Alcestis) And the cowardice of kings (Admetus' refusal to die.)
Grimlock ♥ Vision
Grimlock ♥ Vision rated it
4.5 Beautiful story, and the strangest of Euripides' plays
Strange why? It kind of works counter to the way his plays normally do, and the ending has always astounded me. It's far from the first play I read - although I still have some I need to read - and it was far in enough that I was completely blown away because I never expected it. For those wh...
I am Brad, and I am a book addict
I am Brad, and I am a book addict rated it
4.0 Oh! How I love the Greeks.
Gods messing with humanity. Humanity interacting with Gods. Deus ex machinas to make everything work out ever so neatly. The Greeks knew how to write a great tale, and those tales are "oh! so relevant" to our time -- or so I've always been told. I think that's a bit of bullshit, actually. When I...
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