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Willard Spiegelman is taken into account one of many best critics of poetry writing in modern-day. This quantity collects his top paintings at the topic, supplying essays that span his complete profession and chart his altering courting to an elusive form.

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Aeneas stopped, struck by the sight. The snake slowly sweeping along his length among the bowls and polished goblets tasted the feast, then back he slid below the tomb, harmless, slipping away from altars where he’d fed. –) An especially effective alexandrine ends the passage, giving us additional assurance that the ceremonies have proceeded with efficiency and will continue to do so. Such music informs the entire poem, but nowhere is it more welcome than in the second half, the so-called Iliadic Aeneid, filled with warfare, rollcalls of soldiers, and a kind of pageantry that holds little intrinsic interest or significance for a modern audience.

As firm as a sturdy oak grown tough with age when the Northwinds blasting off the Alps compete, fighting left and right, to wrench it from the earth, and the winds scream, the trunk shudders, its leafy crest showers across the ground but clings firm to its rock. . . he takes the full force of love and suffering deep in his great heart. His will stands unmoved. The falling tears are futile. –) Virgil’s “placidas auris” (“gentle ears”) indicate Aeneas’s sympathy, held in check by “heaven” and the fates.

A wonderful turn of phrase). Both together and separately, the iamb and the pentameter provide us hearers with something like a default mode, and a very reassuring one. Equally reassuring is Fagles’s judicious, nimbly handled syntax. Only Milton, or contemporaries mad for hypotactic construction, like Amy Clampitt, Richard Howard, the Robert Lowell of Lord Weary’s Castle, James Merrill, and Richard Wilbur, can perform syntactic acrobatics that would do justice to the Virgilian sentence. Fagles holds his own with his contemporaries.

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