Memorial: A Version of Homer's Iliad




      Memorial: A Version of Homer's Iliad
In this daring new work, the poet Alice Oswald strips away the narrative of the Iliad the anger of Achilles, the story of Helen in favor of attending to its atmospheres the extended similes that bring so much of the natural order into the poem and the corresponding litany of the war dead, most of whom are little than names but each of whom lives and dies unforgettably and unforgotten in the copious retrospect of Homer s glance The resulting poem is a war memorial and a profoundly responsive work that gives new voice to Homer s level voiced version of the world Through a mix of narrative and musical repetition, the sequence becomes a meditation on the loss of human life. Free Read eBook Memorial: A Version of Homer's Iliad By Alice Oswald – heartforum.co.uk

Alice Oswald born 1966 is a British poet who won the T S Eliot Prize in 2002.Oswald read Classics at New College, Oxford, has worked as a gardener at Chelsea Physic Garden, and today lives with her husband, the playwright Peter Oswald also a trained classicist , and her three children in Devon, in the South West of England.Alice Oswald is the sister of actor Will Keen and writer Laura Beatty.In 1994, she was the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award Her first collection of poetry, The Thing in the Gap Stone Stile 1996 , won a Forward Poetry Prize Best First Collection in 1996, and was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize in 1997.Her second collection, Dart 2002 , combined verse and prose, which tells the story of the River Dart in Devon from a variety of perspectives Jeanette Winterson called it a moving, changing poem, as fast flowing as the river and as deep a celebration of difference Dart won the T S Eliot Prize in 2002.In 2004, Oswald was named as one of the Poetry Book Society s Next Generation poets Her collection Woods etc., published in 2005, was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize Best Poetry Collection of the Year.In 2009 she published both A Sleepwalk on the Severn and Weeds and Wildflowers, which won the inaugural Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry, and was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize.In October 2011, Oswald published her 6th collection, Memorial.

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  • 25 May 2018

10 thoughts on “ Memorial: A Version of Homer's Iliad

  1. Trish says:

    The poetry of Alice Oswald is preternatural preternaturally gorgeous, preternaturally immediate and relevant and precise We want to sink into that language and be in that bright place perhaps not to live among the flashing swords , but to die there, amongst one s brethren, with poetry read and songs sung in one s honor Everything about this book is beautiful, and new and bright and contemporary The Afterword written by Eavan Boland answers all the questions one has while re...

  2. Julie says:

    10 10I ve been robbed of my first words on this review by Eavan Boland, who begins an afterword by describing this work as luminous Let me add transcendent And sublime And then, I should stop, for it is Oswald who owns the power of words, and not I But when has that ever stopped me Neither a re interpretation, nor a translation of The Iliad, it s easy to suggest that Oswald channels the spirit of Homer through her incandescent verse This is the Iliad as it was meant to be heard, th 10 10I ve been robbed of my first words on this review by Eavan Boland, who begins an afterword by describing this work as luminous Let me add transcendent And sublime And then, I should sto...

  3. Roger Brunyate says:

    An Oral CemeteryPROTESILAUSECHEPOLUSELEPHENORSIMOISIUSLEUKOSDEMOCOONDIORESPIROUSPHEGEUSIDAEUS.Eight pages, five hundred names, the roll call of the dead in the Trojan Wars, they call to mind the names chiseled into the white marble of so many war memorials, filling four sides of a towering column British poet Alice Oswald s poem, variously subtitled a version or an excavation of Homer s Iliad, begins not in verse but in cold statistics She has extracted the PROTESILAUSAn An Oral CemeteryPROTESILAUSECHEPOLUSELEPHENORSIMOISIUSLEUKOSDEMOCOONDIORESPIROUSPHEGEUSIDAEUS.Eight pages, five hundred names, the roll call of the dead in the Trojan Wars, they call to mind the names chiseled into the white marble of so many war memorials, filling four sides of a towering column British poet Alice Oswald s poem, variously subtitled a version or an excavation of Homer s Iliad, begins not in verse but in cold statistics She has extracted the names of every person killed, fro...

  4. Courtney Johnston says:

    I have spent all weekend feeling somewhat dazed by this poem I read it twice yesterday I have spent today picking it up, leafing to favoured passages, putting it down again I have bailed people up about it all over the internet I am in the first flush of love, and I think this will be a life long relationship Memorial is Oswald s re writing rather than a retelling of the Iliad She has stripped out all the narrative, all the alliances, the bickering, the backstory, the beggin I have spent all weekend feeling somewhat dazed by this poem I read it twice yesterday I have spent today picking it up, leafing to favoured passages, putting it down again I have bailed people up about it all over the internet I am in the f...

  5. James Murphy says:

    Alice Oswald says her Memorial A Version of Homer s Iliad is a translation of Iliad s atmosphere, not the story The Afterword by the poet Eavan Boland tells us it s a catalog, comparing it to a cemetery for the Iliad s forgotten dead These are the little known warriors of the epic who receive only mention in Homer s poem Oswald, in small verse biographies, brings them to the surface of the poem while letting Homer s heroes, the likes of Achilles and Agamemnon and Hector and Patroclus, sink Alice Oswald says her Memorial A Version of Homer s Iliad is a translation of Iliad s atmosphere, not the story The Afterword by the poet Eavan Boland tells us it s a catalog, comparing it to a cemetery for the Iliad s forgotten dead These are the little known warriors of the epic who receive only mention in Homer s poem Oswald, in small verse biographies, brings them to the surface of the poem while letting Homer s heroes, the likes of Achilles and Agamemnon and Hector and Patroclus, sink out of sight Each biography recording a man s death is followed by a short simile portraying some pastoral or domestic aspect of the man s life Each simile is repeated in a process which Oswald explains is intended to present an elegy like that of a rhapsode which in Homer s Greece was followed by the chorus s repetitio...

  6. Philippe says:

    Alice Oswald slashed seven eights of Homer s epic and compacted it into a hypnotic sequence of biographic vignettes and pastoral similes The shock of violent battlefield death is contrasted with timeless images of an elemental world subjected to an endless cycle of destruction and creation A compelling antiphonal image of man in his world And so very unlike anything else I have read The poem s mesmerism is reinforced by the poetess practice of almost always repeating the simile This certainly cAlice Oswald slashed seven eights of Homer s epic and compacted it into a hypnotic sequence of biographic vignettes and pastoral similes The shock of violent battlefield death is contrasted with timeless images of an elemental world subjected to an endless cycle of destruction and creation A co...

  7. Caroline says:

    Why do we write such exquisitely beautiful poems about death in war We lament that aspect of a culture that conferred glory on death in battle, but Homer is so mesmerizing that we can t escape his allure.I was absolutely captivated by this creative work that echoes the Iliad in the victims names and some of the details of their homelands and deaths, but soars off on its own form and invention Oswald gut punches you time after time with an end stopped line or a wrenching simile Bu Why do we write such exquisitely beautiful poems about death in war We lament that aspect of a culture that conferred glory on death in battle, but Homer is so mesmerizing that we can t escape his allure.I was absolutely captivated by this creative work tha...

  8. Caroline says:

    It is well worth getting the CD of Alice Oswald reading Memorial It is akin to standing on Remembrance Sunday listening to the names of the dead being read aloud These are the ordinary men who were killed during the Trojan wars jumping to be first ashore that was Protesilaus or Charops who ran out his last mome...

  9. Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.) says:

    It is mid November 2011, and just a few days removed from November 11th, the traditional Remembrance Day UK and Veteran s Day US , and somehow it seems highly appropriate that I have just finished reading a new book length poem entitled, Memorial An Excavation of the Iliad, by the British poet, Alice Oswald Oswald s poem deeply affected me in a fashion similar to that that has occurred upon each of my visits to the...

  10. Andrew Schirmer says:

    Astoundingly evocative retelling perspective shift, really of the Illiad Now I want to read everything she s ever written.

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