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Epic Zoom: Christopher Logue's Homer (with Anne Carson's Stesichoros and Seamus Heaney's <i>Beowulf</i>)

Matthew Reynolds

in The Poetry of Translation

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199605712
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731617 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605712.003.0022
Epic Zoom: Christopher Logue's Homer (with Anne Carson's Stesichoros and Seamus Heaney's Beowulf)

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Christopher Logue's versions form Homer, War Music, begin with a view: ‘picture the east Aegean sea by night’. In what follows, episodes from Homeric narrative and allusions to modern life are located on the same artificial landscape, and the narrative zooms in and out. This mode of translation‐as‐zoom, which is inflected by contemporary visual media, embodies an awareness of how much of Homer is lost and is having to be made up: this is akin to Anne Carson's way with Stesichoros in Autobiography of Red (1999) and contrasts with Seamus Heaney's assertion of continuities in his Beowulf.

Keywords: Homer; view; picture; zoom; film; Christopher Logue; War Music; Anne Carson; Seamus Heaney; Beowulf

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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