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Old 09-05-2011, 06:58 PM
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I've already read Rouse's translation of the Odyssey, and now I'm going to listen to his version of the Iliad.
How are these translated? I mean did they turn it into a story, or did they keep it as a poem?
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How are these translated? I mean did they turn it into a story, or did they keep it as a poem?
Rouse has the translation mainly as prose, though there are a couple of doggerel sections, essentially.

In my edition of the Odyssey is an essay by Rouse himself making fun of those who tried to shoehorn Greek epic poetry traditions into English where it really doesn't work (and also makes fun of the stilted language often employed to make the result "sound epic").

I don't know the usefulness of the translation for those wanting to do literary analysis. I think Rouse's translations work really well for a speaker of modern English who wants to enjoy some good stories.
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All Star Batman & Robin by Frank Miller & Jim Lee

Just finished reading all the issues published so far. I don't get the hate since I understood it to be just Frank Miller's take on the Batman and not canonical. Plus it's fairly consistent with how he portrayed Batman in The Dark Knight Returns imo. Lee's art is stellar.
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So, anyone who rides around with me gets to listen to whatever lecture/book on CD I'm in the middle of.
My daughter says she prefers to ride in my car because she gets to listen to "el hombre" (whatever professor or bookreader I'm listening to, since they're generally men).
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My daughter says she prefers to ride in my car because she gets to listen to "el hombre" (whatever professor or bookreader I'm listening to, since they're generally men).
Well, they missed did get to listen to the guy who did the anatomy & cell biology lectures. They missed the ones on the history of Venice. I've had a couple female lecturers - one of the classics (Elizabeth Vandiver - listened to her on the Iliad, Herodotus, and.... something else)

The one that cracked me up was the kids listening to Rufus Fears (mercy!) going on about Prometheus Bound, and they particularly got to listen to the part where Prometheus was declaring defiance against Zeus.

And I thought "Hey...... maybe this isn't a good idea"

but then, I could always point out that, due to his defiance, he was getting his liver torn out by an eagle every day. And that surely couldn't be pleasant.
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Rouse has the translation mainly as prose, though there are a couple of doggerel sections, essentially.

In my edition of the Odyssey is an essay by Rouse himself making fun of those who tried to shoehorn Greek epic poetry traditions into English where it really doesn't work. I don't know the usefulness of the translation for those wanting to do literar (and also makes fun of the stilted language often employed to make the result "sound epic").

I think Rouse's translations work really well for a speaker of modern English who wants to enjoy some good stories.
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Just started Sense and Sensibility. Pretty sure I have read it before.
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Listened to disc 1 of 2 last night. I keep forgetting he's not with his street cleaner buddy every time he says "we".
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