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Gods and Mortals Modern Poems on Classical Myths

ISBN-10: 0195133412
ISBN-13: 9780195133417
Edition: 2001
Authors: Nina Kossman
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List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/22/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 316
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

More than perhaps any other folkloric tradition, whether oral or written, the myths of classical Greece and Rome have survived and pervaded the consciousness of lands far-flung from their source. The mythic world of the ancients, peopled by glamorous gods and unstoppable heroes, in which the mortal and immortal commingled, is even now a living presence in 21st century culture, rather than a literary relic. Whether we know them by their Roman or their Greek names - Artemis orMinerva, Poseidon or Neptune - the figures of these ancietn myths captured the imagination of culture after culture across the globe, inspiring writers, artists, musicians and those of us who comprise the audience for their works. Can it be a coincidence that the greatest poets of the western world haveeach at one point tried their hand at retellings?Kossman's anthology assembles some of the best of these poems inspired by ancient myths, organizing them by themse, and allowing the reader to compare one against the other - for example, one section assembels poems telling the stories of mythic lovers (Cupid and Psyche, Orpheus and Eurydice); another the many tales of miraculous transformations (Pygmalion and Galatea, Echo and Narcissus). With such a wide variety of the world's best poets to choose from - from all over the world and from anyera since classical times - Kossman has had no difficulty creating a literary pantheon; included are D. H. Lawrence, Derek Walcott, Rita Dove, Denise Levertov, Rilke, Pound, and Yeats. The collection should be a treasure for the innumerable debotees of both myth and poetry.

Introduction
atlas
Atlas on Grass
Prometheus
Prometheus on His Crag (20)
Old Prometheus
Prometheus
Inhabited Liver
New Prometheus
Prometheus
For Pandora, Again
Jupiter on Juno
Jove
Leda
Leda
Leda
Leda and the Swan
Leda
Leda 3
Leda
Living Next to Leda
To Io, Afterwards
Io Remembers
"Pink foam of exhaustion round his soft lips ..."
Europa
"After abducting Europa ..."
Alcmene
Ganymede
The Rape of Ganymede
Demeter
The Search
Demeter's Prayer to Hades
Persephone
Persephone
Persephone
Hymn to Proserpine
Bavarian Gentians
Purple Anemones
Pomegranate
Apollo of the Physiologists
Linear A
Daphne with Her Thighs in Bark
Where I Live in This Honorable House of the Laurel Tree
Daphne Herself
Daphne
A Footnote to Ovid
Daphne After
Apollo and Daphne
Daphne on Woodbrook Drive
Apollo to Daphne
Waking
Marpessa's Choice
Birth of Eventually Venus
Episode with Aphrodite
Aphrodite
Praise to Aphrodite
Aphrodite at Solstice
The Re-birth of Venus
Venus over the Desert
The Death of Venus
Athene's Song
Athena's Vote
Hermes
"In the fourth year of the war ..."
Hermes, Dog, and Star
Expiation
Mars
Cretan Artemis
Diana - or the Objects
Hecate
The Fate of Actaeon
Endymion
"Zeus fired Hephaestus ..."
Hephaestus
Vulcan
Once and For All
Playing Dionysos in The Bacchae
Go Loudly, Pentheus
Pentheus
Eros
Hymn to Eros
Cupid's Chant
Pan with Us
Pan Is Dead
The Clown's Report on Satyrs
The Satyr
The Centaur
Centaur
The Last Centaur
Epitaph for a Centaur
Chiron
Dyad
Virgin in a Tree
Wooded Forms
Proteus
Proteus
Proteus's Tale
Proteus
The Sibyl
A Sibyl
The Sibyl
On the Banks of the Styx
Charon's Cosmology
Shore
Canto 26
Charon
Cerberus
Lethe
Lethe
There Is No River Which Is Called Lethe
Orpheus, Eurydice, Hermes
Eurydice to Orpheus
Eurydice
Eurydice
Descent
Orpheus in Hell
Orpheus and Eurydice
The Look Back
Eurydice
Orpheus
Orpheus
Betrayals/Hades, Eurydice, Orpheus
Orpheus in the Underworld
Eurydice in Darkness
Orpheus and Eurydice
Orpheus' Dream
Darkness Spoken
Orpheus
A Tree Telling of Orpheus
Orpheus Alone
from The Sonnets to Orpheus (II, XIII)
Passion
Finding Eurydice
Orpheus Opens His Morning Mail
Orpheus (2)
"So they drifted: the lyre and the head ..."
The Poem as a Mask/Orpheus
The Head of Orpheus
Orpheus
Orpheus
from The Sonnets to Orpheus (I, XXVI)
Philemon and Baucis
Powers to Thirteen (#44)
Alcestis
Alcestis, or Autumn: A Hymn (IV)
Alcestis
Alcestis
Narcissus, Echo
Narcissus
Narcissus
Narcissus (I)
The Rape of Narcissus
Narcissus at 60
Narcissus in the Desert
Philomela
Philomela
Philomela with a Melody
Pygmalion
Galatea Encore
Phaethon's Dream
Phaeton
"Niobe, Also, of the Beautiful Hair, Thought of Eating"
"Niobe, your tears ..."
Niobe Now
Deadalus: The Dirge
Musee des Beaux Arts
Icarus
Icarus to Eve
Waiting for Icarus
Icarus
To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph
Icarus Descended
Icarus by Night
Daedalus
Arachne's Story
Arachne
Marsyas and the Flute
Aftermath
Psyche Pleads with Cupid
Psyche with the Candle
"When Psyche - life - goes down to the shades ..."
The Myth of Sisyphus
instructions for sisyphus
"nothing is told about the moment ..."
New Sisyphus
Sisyphus
The Maxims of Sisyphus
The Abnegation
Tantalus
Medusa
Medusa
Ode: The Medusa Face
Tableau Vivant
Perseus
The Muse as Medusa
Heracles
The Labours of Hercules (13)
Hercules at Nemea
Hercules and Antaeus
The Argonauts
Mythistorema (4)
The Decline of the Argo
Jason's Grave in Jerusalem
Medea
Pasiphae
Lament for Pasiphae
Ariadne
Theseus and Ariadne
Ariadne auf Naxos
Requiem
The Minotaur
Minotaur
The Labyrinth
Phaedra in the Farm House
Oedipus
Oedipus and the Riddle
The Sphinx's Riddle to Oedipus
The Theban Sphinx
Myth
What Riddle Asked the Sphinx
Dialogue with the Sphinx
Oedipus II
Sphinx Ludens
The Approach to Thebes
The Other Oedipus
Last Words
The Judgment of Paris
Paris Reconsiders
How Cassandra Became Clairvoyant
The Real Reason
Soliloquy for Cassandra
Cassandra
Cassandra
Cassandra
Helen
Helen
"Thus - only Helen looks past ..."
"There are rhymes in this world ..."
Helen's Burning
Helen's Faces
Helen
When Helen Lived
No Second Troy
"Weakfulness, Homer. Taut sails ..."
Helen
On the Walls
Iphigenia
The Sacrifice of Iphigenia
Iphigenia
Iphigenia: Politics
Iphigenia, Setting the Record Straight
Reading a Greek Pitcher
Troy
On Reading a Recent Greek Poet
Trojans
"Since I could not keep hold of your hands ..."
My Weariness of Epic Proportions
#39 Lesson in Homer
A Moment in Troy
Boy, Cat, Canary
Patroclus Putting on the Armour of Achilles
The Horses of Achilles
The Shield of Achilles
The Helmet
Ceasefire
In the Shadow of Homer
Hecuba's Testament
The Menelaus
Clytemnestra (I)
The Missing Knot
Agamemnon in Hades
Mycenae
Electra, Waiting
Electra
Mythistorema (16)
Chorus of Furies
The Furies
Dido's Farewell to Aeneas
"Don not be frightened ..."
Dido's Farewell
Body Politic
The Mediterranean
Aeneas at Washington
"He who called blood builder ..."
Falling Asleep over the Aeneid
Turnus
Odysseus
Ithaka
Odysseus
Ulysses
Ulysses
The Grave of Odysseus
"Aft, he sleeps ..."
A Second Odyssey
Mortal Infliction
The Greeks Are Blinding Polyphemus
Circe
Pity Ulysses
Circe's Power
Moly
Circe
Odysseus's Temptation
The Sirens
Siren Song
Haven
The Sirens
The Companions in Hades
Calypso
The Island
"Give me poison to die or dreams to live ..."
Nausicaa
Ithaca
The World as Meditation
An Ancient Gesture
You Are Odysseus
Penelope's Despair
Fiery Water
Odyssey, Book Twenty-three
Ulysses
Glossary
Index of Poets
Index of Translators
Acknowledgments and Permissions

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