ISBN 9780140423556,Heroides

Heroides

Author:

Isbell

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Harold

Publisher:

Penguin UK

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ISBN 9780140423556
Publisher

Penguin UK

Publication Year 1990
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780140423556

ISBN-10 0140423559
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 288 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Fiction

Written in the form of poetic letters from women to their absent lovers, the first fifteen of the Heroides sensitively portray a range of emotions from love to anger at betrayal. By means of this unusual art form, Ovid personalizes and brings to life many of the outstanding women of classical myth, such as Penelope, Dido and Ariadne. The final 'double letters' of the book allow legendary heroes such as Paris to initiate the correspondence and their lovers to respond to their pleas. All the letters are alive with the tension between private love and public law; each is written in the urgency of a moment of crisis, the writer impresses his or her own character on love's irrationality, fury, tenderness, despair and longing. And while Ovid's verse-letter form, so slyly perfect to convey the follies of love, makes the Heroides rich in irony, it is richer still in poetry and desire. Harold Isbell's translation and meter perfectly capture the lightness and nuances of Ovid's original.

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