Saturday, July 11, 2009

Apollonius Rhodius

Only Gerard Manley Hopkins, perhaps, could do Apollonius justice and E.V. Rieu doesn’t even try. He shatters the poem and remakes it as a fantastic voyage. Peter Green is more ambitious, preserving more of the sense and the sentence structure, while making some attempt at the sounds. He is never less than lucid and occasionally musical, too. --James Davidson, Himbo London Review of Books, March 5, 1998, review of Apollonios Rhodios: The Argonautika, translated by Peter Green

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