The Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius by Propertius
(Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation)

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The Roman poet Propertius is best known as the writer who perfected the Latin love elegy, a technical as much as a psychological and cultural feat. Propertius has been admired for both his metrical genius and the modernity of his narrative flow.

Many of the poems here pay tribute to Cynthia, Propertius's romantic obsession, but the scope of these 107 elegies is broad. Propertius's poetry offers a fascinating look into life in the Augustan age, addressing social, political, and historical subjects. A contemporary of Virgil and Horace, Propertius has influenced scores of poets--from Ovid to Housman to Pound.

His poetry appears here for the first time in a dual-language edition with the translations facing the original Latin. Rendered into English by a poet who is also one of the nation's pre-eminent Propertius experts, the volume brings Propertius's difficult mix of vernacular and high literary allusion into contemporary language.

Cynthia was the first. She caught me with her eyes, a fool

who had never before been touched by desires.

Love cast down my look of constant pride,

and he pressed on my head with his feet,

until he taught me to despise chaste girls,

perversely, and to live without plan.

Already, it's been a whole year that the frenzy hasn't stopped,

when, for all that, the gods are against me.

 

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David R. Slavitt is a member of the faculty at Bennington CoDavid R. Slavitt is a member of the faculty at Bennington College and is the author of acclaimed translations of Virgil,llege and is the author of acclaimed translations of Virgil, Ovid, Seneca, Aeschylus, and Aristophanes, as well as Solom Ovid, Seneca, Aeschylus, and Aristophanes, as well as Solomon Ibn Gabirol and the biblical "Book of the Twelve Prophetson Ibn Gabirol and the biblical "Book of the Twelve Prophets, "among other translations and many books of poetry. , "among other translations and many books of poetry. Katz is a poet and art critic.
 
Published May 17, 2004 by Princeton University Press. 520 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Perhaps more immediate than Ezra Pound's ""Homage..."" are The Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius himself, in Latin and translated by veteran poet and translator Vincent Katz (Understanding Objects), who also provides an introduction.

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