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Let's talk about translations! [Jul. 6th, 2005|03:57 pm]
Ablative of Procrastination
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[alomejorestara]
I've had this discussion with Alex before and it is quite intriguing to me! Tell me about your favorite translations of the classical works.

Candidates:

Mandelbaum
Fitzgerald
Fagles
Ted Hughes (Metamorphoses)
Lattimore
Grene
Dryden
Pound (Book 11 of Homer)

and others!

I am in the minority. I do not particularly love Lattimore. I think Fagles is great but often too easy, if that makes sense.

I am probably the only person ever who is in love with Robert Fitzgerald's translations. I think they are supernal.

Any thoughts?
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From: tamar_k
2005-07-06 11:36 pm (UTC)
I'm going to see how I like Fagles again this fall...I read his Odyssey in ninth grade and then Fitzgerald's this past year, and I liked Fitzgerald better than I remember liking Fagles. I do see what you mean about Fagles' being too easy.

And hey, I read Fitzgerald because my program in Greece assigned that translation, so you must not be the only one who prefers his...
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[User Picture]From: philokalos
2005-07-08 03:24 am (UTC)
Aeneid: Mandelbaum
Eclogues & Georgics: David Ferry
Iliad: Fagles but with Lattimore for writing papers/academic citation
Sappho: Anne Carson
Catullus: Guy Lee (Oxford UP edition-- and cheap in paperback!)
Greek Tragedians en masse: Grene
Aristophanes: Lattimore
Plato: NOT Jowett! I once trusted him on Symposium, in my infinite naivete. Damn Victorians.

I end up using whatever's free on the Perseus Library site a lot though...

I like Pound and Dryden as poets independent of their translations. Byron garbles Catullus well, I think, but obviously not in the strictest sense of a translation.

And need I mention that I adore the word supernal?
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