By Seamus Heaney
A masterpiece from one of many maximum poets of the century
In a momentous e-book, Seamus Heaney's translation of booklet VI of the Aeneid, Virgil's epic poem composed someday among 29 and 19 BC, follows the hero, Aeneas, on his descent into the underworld. In Stepping Stones, a ebook of interviews performed through Dennis O'Driscoll, Heaney said the importance of the poem to his writing, noting that "there's one Virgilian trip that has certainly been a continuing presence, and that's Aeneas's enterprise into the underworld. The motifs in ebook VI were in my head for years--the golden bough, Charon's barge, the hunt to satisfy the coloration of the father."
In this new translation, Heaney employs an identical deft dealing with of the unique mixed with the immediacy of language and complicated poetic voice as used to be on convey in his translation of Beowulf, a reimagining which, within the phrases of James wooden, "created anything imperishable and nice that's stainless--stainless, simply because its strength as poetry makes it untouchable by means of the claw of literalism: it lives singly, as an English language poem."
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Aeneid Book VI: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney