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Puerilities
Author: Daryl Hine

ISBN: 9780691088204
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 17 May 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.7 x 0.8
Description:


Elegiac lyrics celebrating the love of boys, which the translator terms "Puerilities," comprise most of the twelfth book of "The Greek Anthology." That book, the so-called "Musa Puerilis," is brilliantly translated in this, the first complete verse version in English. It is a delightful eroticopia of short poems by great and lesser-known Greek poets, spanning hundreds of years, from ancient times to the late Christian era.

The epigrams--wry, wistful, lighthearted, libidinous, and sometimes bawdy--revel in the beauty and fickle affection of boys and young men and in the fleeting joys of older men in loving them. Some, doubtless bandied about in the lax and refined setting of banquets, are translated as limericks. Also included are a few fine and often funny poems about girls and women.

Fashion changes in morality as well as in poetry. The sort of attachment that inspired these verses was considered perfectly normal and respectable for over a thousand years. Some of the very best Greek poets--including Strato of Sardis, Theocritus, and Meleager of Gadara--are to be found in these pages. The more than two hundred fifty poems range from t...

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