Memorial: A Version of Homer's Iliad
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Alice Oswald
- Publish Date: 2013-11-18
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âThe most remarkable and affecting book of poetry I encountered this year.ââJames Wood, The New YorkerIn this daring new work, the poet Alice Oswald strips away the narrative of the Iliadâthe anger of Achilles, the story of Helenâin 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 more than names but each of whom lives and dies unforgettably and unforgotten in the copious retrospect of Homerâs glance. The resulting poem is a war memorial and a profoundly responsive work that gives new voice to Homerâs 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.