Tales from Ovid: 24 Passages from the Metamorphoses

Tales from Ovid: 24 Passages from the Metamorphoses

A powerful version of the Latin classic by England's late Poet Laureate, now in paperback.When it was published in 1997, Tales from Ovid was immediately recognized as a classic in its own right, as the best rendering of Ovid in generations, and as a major book in Ted Hughes's oeuvre. The Metamorphoses of Ovid stands with the works of Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Milton as a c...

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Title:Tales from Ovid: 24 Passages from the Metamorphoses
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Tales from Ovid: 24 Passages from the Metamorphoses Reviews

  • Robert
    I've not read any other translations of Ovid and I don't know Latin, so I have little choice but to take these selections from the Metamorphoses at face value.That value is very high: Hughes writes gripping, driving poetry that impatiently whips you along the narrative, with hardly a chance to catch...
  • max
    This is not really a "translation," since in rendering certain well known stories from the Metamorphoses into English Hughes makes up stuff out of thin air, sometimes quite a lot of material that is nowhere found in Ovid's Latin text. But why should that be a problem? This is a thoroughly enjoyable ...
  • Nikki
    Ted Hughes' translation/interpretation of some of the tales from Ovid's Metamorphoses is a really good example of the way translation is always an interpretation -- he's played to that, and used anachronistic images and modern language, and created something dynamic and energetic and entirely his. I...
  • Pink
    Loved these. Greek and Roman myths are some of my favourite things to read. I don't know how much was Ovid's original and how much was Hughes' translation, but it felt like a perfect blending of the two. ...
  • Bill Kerwin
    Ovid's Metamorphoses can be a delight for anyone who loves classical mythology, a good complement to the versions of tales you learned from Bulfinch, Hamilton, the D'Aulaires, etc. Besides, Ovid gives you the sex and violence too, which those nice children's illustrated versions leave out.There are ...
  • Roger Brunyate
     The Poetry of PassionThe brief but brilliant introduction by former English Poet Laureate Ted Hughes to his Tales from Ovid says that the poems tell "what is feels like to live in the psychological gulf that opens at the end of an era." He might well have been talking about the end of his own ce...
  • Inkspill
    A retelling of 24 of the over 100 tales from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. This translation is delivered in free verse. The stories included are: Creation; Pygmalion; Hercules; Arachne; Midas; and Pyramus and Thisbe.Hughes poetry is delicious, and a further aid to help me get a rounder sense of Ovid?...
  • Melanie
    Wat hou ik van deze verhalen. Sommige vertellingen herinnerde ik me nog omdat ik ze ooit als tiener uit het Latijn moest vertalen. Ik vertelde 3 verhalen - Phaeton, Callisto & Arcas en Echo & Narcissus- ook aan mijn zonen omdat ze zo mooi en magisch zijn. How I loved reading these tales. I remembere...

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