Tales from Ovid: 24 Passages from the Metamorphoses by Ted Hughes

By Ted Hughes

A strong model of the Latin vintage via England's overdue Poet Laureate, now in paperback.When it used to be released in 1997, stories from Ovid was once instantly famous as a vintage in its personal correct, because the top rering of Ovid in generations, and as a huge booklet in Ted Hughes's oeuvre. The Metamorphoses of Ovid stands with the works of Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Milton as a vintage of worldwide poetry; Hughes translated twenty-four of its tales with nice strength and directness. the result's the liveliest twentieth-century model of the vintage, instantly a pride for the Latinist and an beautiful advent to Ovid for the final reader.

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Echo, who always answers back. 33 34 35 36 37 In those days, this nymph was more than a voice. She had a pretty body. edu/display/pr... 38 Of what she heard uttered by others, 39 Which she repeated over and over. 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 Juno had stricken her With this odd affliction. When Juno, following a tip-off, Would be stalking Jupiter, to catch him In some dell, with a nymph, Echo made it her duty To engage the goddess in an unending Rigmarole of chatter. Till the nymph Had pleased the god enough To be let go.

Scaring the king and queen of that kingdom With their own terrific shadows. The seas shrank, baring deserts. Submarine mountains emerged as islands, [Page 40 ] 459 460 461 462 463 464 465 466 467 Multiplying the Cyclades. Fish hugged the bottom of their deepest holes. Seals bobbed belly up, lifeless. And the dolphins stayed far down. Three times Neptune reared his angry head and shoulders Above the bubbling surface And each time plunged again To escape the searing flames of the air. 468 469 470 471 Then the Goddess of Earth Alarmed by the waters crowding into her bowels Pushed up through the embers And lifted her head and neck into the furnace.

It was then Aphrodite, sitting on her mountain, Noticed him. She woke her winged boy, embraced him, kissed him. 'My child,' she whispered, 'you who are all my power, 46 47 48 49 50 'You who are my arms, my hands, my magic, Bend your bow, my darling, And sink your shaft, which never missed a challenge, Into the heart of that god Who rules hell. 51 'The deities of the upper world are yours 52 Whenever you please. edu/display/pr... 54 Whatever folly you plot, he will perform it. 55 The gods of the sea, no less, 56 57 58 59 60 'Dance to your prompting arrows, your spurs, Your goads, your tickling barbs.

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