The Iliad by Homer & Robert Fagles
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The Iliad doesn’t need to be modernized, because the question it raises is a modern—indeed, existentialist—one...Whoever Homer was and however he made his poem, the song that he sings still goes on.
-The New Yorker

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This translation of The Iliad equals Fitzgerald's earlier Odyssey in power and imagination. It recreates the original action as conceived by Homer, using fresh and flexible blank verse that is both lyrical and dramatic.
 

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Published September 17, 2013 by Oxford University Press. 624 pages
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The New Yorker

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Reviewed by Daniel Mendelsohn on Nov 07 2011

The Iliad doesn’t need to be modernized, because the question it raises is a modern—indeed, existentialist—one...Whoever Homer was and however he made his poem, the song that he sings still goes on.

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ReadySteadyBook

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Reviewed by Mark Martin on Feb 10 2012

So, how does Mitchell’s critical angle affect his translation? To be honest, not that much. He avoids the poetic diction that hobbled Robert Fitzgerald and creates something stripped-down and Hemingway-esque.

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Rebecca Reads

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Reviewed by Rebecca Reid on Nov 20 2008

The Robert Fagles translation was poetic and rhythmic. Once I became accustomed to reading poetry, I felt it was highly readable.

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ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

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Reviewed by Lisa Hill on Jan 21 2010

...it illuminates a way of life long gone. In Book 11, p317 lines 745-753, Nestor’s cup is described, and suddenly those ancient pieces of pottery in European museums come to life.

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Reviewed by Nicki Leone on Aug 20 2014

...it continues to move us, retaining its power in the face of even “the most unfaithful of translations.” Written in a language we can’t translate with assurance and that we don’t know how to pronounce, it still has the power to arrest its readers in every era.

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