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PBS Autumn Translation Choice: Poems by Propertius

Friday, 13 Jul 2018

No Text We're over the moon that the Autumn Selections from the Poetry Book Society this year include Poems by Sextus Propertius, translated by Patrick Worsnip as their Translation Choice.

This edition will recover a neglected Latin love-poet for the modern reader, highlighting his psychological acuity, particularly in the many poems he wrote about a woman he calls Cynthia, as well as his experimentalism and humour. Worsnip has adopted a contemporary, colloquial English and used different verse forms to convey the poems’ vigour and variety.

A century has passed since Ezra Pound published his ground-breaking Homage to Sextus Propertius, a loose translation of the poems. But Pound’s Homage is only a fragmentary account of Propertius, and did not succeed in establishing him as the major player that he was in Latin culture. Worsnip’s luminous new translations redress the balance.

After reading Classics and Modern Languages at Merton College, Oxford, Patrick Worsnip worked for more than 40 years as a correspondent and editor for Reuters news agency, with postings in Italy, Russia, Poland, Iran, Lebanon, the United States and the UK. He reported in all from more than 80 countries, specialising in diplomatic affairs. Since retiring in 2012, he has devoted himself to translation from Italian and Latin, and to magazine articles on Italian poetry. He divides his time between Cambridge and Umbria, Italy. He is married, with one son.

We're overjoyed, and want to thank the PBS for selecting this title, and congratulate Patrick on his delightful work! The book's available to order here at our website with 10% off the cover price, and free postage in the UK, from the book's page.

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