Ovid Metamorphoses Author:Rolfe Humphries Everyone will enjoy this first modern translation by an American poet of Ovid's great work, the major treasury of classical mythology, which has permanently stimulated the minds of men. In this lively rendering there are no stock props of the pastoral and no literary landscaping, but real food on the table and sometimes real blood on the ground.... more »
Not only is Ovid's metamorphoses a collection of all the myths of the time the Roman poet as he knew them, but the book presents at the same time a series of love poems - about the three loves of men, women and the gods. There are also poems of hate, to give the proper shading to the narrative. And pervading all is the writer's love for this earth, its people, its phenomena.
Using ten-beat, unrhymed lines in his translation, Rolfe Humphries shows a definite kinship for Ovid's swift and colloquial language and Humphries' whole poetic manner is in tune with the wit and sophistication of the Roman poet.« less