The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Kolonos & Antigone Sophocles

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The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Kolonos & Antigone by Sophocles
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Vivid translations of three masterworks of Western literature- With this volume, poet Robert Bagg completes his translation of the three plays in which Sophocles dra matized the agony and destruction inflicted on Oedipus and his family, the royalMoreVivid translations of three masterworks of Western literature- With this volume, poet Robert Bagg completes his translation of the three plays in which Sophocles dra matized the agony and destruction inflicted on Oedipus and his family, the royal house of Thebes.

To the newly revised Oedipus the King, first published in 1982, Bagg adds Antigone and Oedipus at Kolonos. Composed decades apart in the fifth century bce, these tragedies hold a central place in Western literature - not only because of the formal beauty and dramatic power of their poetry, but because of the shocking ironies that convey Sophocles understanding of divine malice and human vulnerability. Baggs goal has been to make accurate but idiomatic renderings of the Greek originals that are suitable for reading, teaching, or performing. What makes his versions leaner, tauter, more luminous and Sophoclean than other transitions, writes classicist Richard P.

Martin, is Baggs decision to follow the American poetic tradition of Stevens, Pound, and Frost rather than the English tradition of most other contemporary translators. Readers and actors alike will find these translations loyal to Sophocles characteristic dir



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