An Excavation of the Iliad

Book - 2011
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A glitteringly original new poem which is also a version of Homer's Iliad, from prize-winning poet Alice Oswald.
Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 2011
ISBN: 9780571274161
Branch Call Number: Poetry 883 Osw


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Feb 06, 2012

Stunningly beautiful language captures the ephemerality of life and the brutality of the deaths in the Iliad. Some examples below.

"Like when a god throws a star
And everyone looks up
To see that whip of sparks
And then it's gone"

"Like when water hits a rocky dam
Its long strong arms can't break those stones
And all its pouring rush curls back on itself
And bleeds sideways into marshes"

"Riding over the battlefield too fast
They met a flying spear
And like a lift door closing
Inexplicable Hephaestus
Whisked one of them away
And the other died"

"Like the high unescapable eye
Of the eagle
Under whose beam
The shadow-swift hare can't hide
Pressed flat to the floor
Of a leafy wood
That loitering eye looks once
And kills"


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