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The Poetry of TranslationFrom Chaucer & Petrarch to Homer & Logue$
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Matthew Reynolds

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199605712

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605712.001.0001

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Epic Zoom: Christopher Logue's Homer (with Anne Carson's Stesichoros and Seamus Heaney's Beowulf)

Epic Zoom: Christopher Logue's Homer (with Anne Carson's Stesichoros and Seamus Heaney's Beowulf)

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(p.220) 22 Epic Zoom: Christopher Logue's Homer (with Anne Carson's Stesichoros and Seamus Heaney's Beowulf)
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The Poetry of Translation
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Matthew Reynolds

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605712.003.0022

Christopher Logue's versions form Homer, War Music, begin with a view: ‘picture the east Aegean sea by night’. In what follows, episodes from Homeric narrative and allusions to modern life are located on the same artificial landscape, and the narrative zooms in and out. This mode of translation‐as‐zoom, which is inflected by contemporary visual media, embodies an awareness of how much of Homer is lost and is having to be made up: this is akin to Anne Carson's way with Stesichoros in Autobiography of Red (1999) and contrasts with Seamus Heaney's assertion of continuities in his Beowulf.

Keywords:   Homer, view, picture, zoom, film, Christopher Logue, War Music, Anne Carson, Seamus Heaney, Beowulf

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