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The Return of Pytheas

ISBN 1848615671

Autor: Paschalis Nikolaou

Editorial: Shearsman Books

Páginas: 160

Idioma: eng

Publicado: 29/12/2017

Alto: mm

Ancho: 152.00 mm

Lomo: 9.41 mm

Acabado: Tapa Blanda


The Return of Pytheas is a study of poetry and poems through and across two language traditions – Greek and English. While the main focus is recent and contemporary, exchanges reach back as far as Aeschylus and the Iliad. The book thus investigates Christopher Logue’s long and extraordinary engagement with Homer, as well as the more sporadic and varied influences of Greek landscape and culture since the 1960s on English poets such as Richard Berengarten, Sebastian Barker, Kelvin Corcoran and Peter Riley. The special history of Cavafy in Britain is also explored, starting with E. M. Forster, and continuing through the poetry of John Ash, Evan Jones and Don Paterson. As scenes from Ted Hughes’s revisiting of ancient drama are echoed in Alice Oswald’s recent writing, manifold continuations of translation and versioning are shown to be essential parts of poets’ lives and work.

    Across four chapters, populated with poems compelled by the sharing of reference and imagination, Paschalis Nikolaou delves into associations that are as constantly desired as they are auspiciously productive, including the endlessly varied conditions and factors that bring poets together. Nikolaou repeatedly locates intimate connections between literary cultures, as his analysis moves among extensive case studies, key meetings that emerge in and across time, and vistas threaded by poets as they pursue transfers of self, place, experience, and longing. The result is a close-range mapping of an entire community of poetic dialogues that are intensely lived as they are lived in, constantly revitalizing themselves as they carry into the 21st century.