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Poems (2e)


Translated by Tony Harrison

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Series: Poetica
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback 2e (48 pages)
(Pub. Oct 1996)
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  • Tony Harrison’s selection of poems by the fourth-century Alexandrian epigrammatist compellingly recreates the bitter wit which he describes as ‘the authentic snarl of a man trapped physically in poverty and persecution, and metaphysically in a deep sense of the futile’. As he writes in his preface, ‘Palladas … is generally regarded as the last poet of Paganism, and it is in this role that I have sought to present a consistent dramatic personality … His are the last hopeless blasts of the old Hellenistic world, giving way reluctantly, but without much resistance, before the cataclysm of Christianity.’

    Palladas was a 4th-century AD teacher of literature in Alexandria. A pagan in the age of the violent advent of Christianity, he witnessed the anti-pagan riots led by Bishop Theophilos. His attitude to these changes is unclear but his poetry is imbued with a melancholic pessimism and a fierce satirical quality. ... read more
    Tony Harrison
    Tony Harrison, one of Britain’s leading poets, was born in Leeds in 1937 and studied Classics at Leeds University. In recent years he has been much involved with writing and translating for theatre. His version of The Oresteia, performed by the National Theatre in 1981, was the first translated ... read more
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