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Gods and Mortals (2001) [Anthology]
by Virginia Hamilton Adair Anna Akhmatova Claribel Alegría Eugénio de Andrade Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen Margaret Atwood W.H. Auden Ingeborg Bachmann Barbara Bentley Attilio Bertolucci Michael Blumenthal Johannes Bobrowski Louise Bogan Eavan Boland Jorge Luis Borges Ronald Bottrall Bertolt Brecht Joseph Brodsky William Bronk Olga Broumas Leonid Bulanov Basil Bunting Hayden Carruth Rosario Castellanos Constantine P. Cavafy Nicholas Christopher Lucille Clifton Gregory Corso Robert Creeley H. D. Kate Daniels Peter Davison Ann Deagon John Dickson Rita Dove Alan Dugan Gunnar Ekelöf Odysseus Elytis Hans Magnus Enzensberger Rhina Espaillat Rosario Ferré Jerzy Ficowski Boris Filippov Lars Forssell Erich Fried John Fuller Emery George Jack Gilbert Louise Glück Alfred Gong Haim Gouri Jorie Graham Günter Grass Michael Graves Robert Graves Allen Grossman Thom Gunn Ramon Guthrie Seamus Heaney John Heath-Stubbs Zbigniew Herbert Geoffrey Hill Daryl Hine John Hollander Anselm Hollo A.D. Hope Peter Huchel Ted Hughes Norman Iles Randall Jarrell Robinson Jeffers Judith Johnson Donald Justice Margaret Kaufman Robert Kelly Thomas Kinsella Nina Kossman Mikhail Kreps Len Krisak Stanley Kunitz James Laughlin D. H. Lawrence Denise Levertov Xiaoyun Lin Erik Lindegren Michael Longley Robert Lowell Archibald MacLeish Louis MacNeice Osip Mandelstam Thomas Merton W. S. Merwin Edna St. Vincent Millay Stephen Mitchell Yunna Morits Edwin Muir John Frederick Nims Frank O'Hara Vincent O'Sullivan Joyce Carol Oates Charles Olson George Oppen Joel Oppenheimer Gregory Orr José Emilio Pacheco Dan Pagis Linda Pastan Cesare Pavese John Peck Valentine Penrose Sylvia Plath Salvatore Quasimodo György Rába Alistair Reid Charles Reznikoff Laura Riding Rainer Maria Rilke Yannis Ritsos Muriel Rukeyser Peter Russell Pentti Saarikoski Umberto Saba Delmore Schwartz George Seferis Siddhveswar Sen Anne Sexton Laurie Sheck Charles Simic Louis Simpson Stevie Smith Marin Sorescu Stephen Spender Maura Stanton Stephan Stepanchev Wallace Stevens Samn Stockwell Mark Strand Larissa Szporluk Wislawa Szymborska Pia Tafdrup Allen Tate Veno Taufer D.M. Thomas Miguel Torga Georg Trakl Marina Tsvetaeva Mihai Ursachi Judita Vaiciunaite Paul Valéry Mona van Duyn Igor Vishnevetsky Derek Walcott Rosanna Warren Vernon Watkins Sándor Weöres Richard Wilbur William Carlos Williams Charles Kenneth (C.K.) Williams Clive Wilmer Eleanor Wilner Yvor Winters Rod Wooden William Butler Yeats Adam Zagajewski Gabriel Zaid Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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For centuries, poets have looked into the mirror of classical myth to show us the many ways our emotional lives are still reflected in the ancient stories of heroism, hubris, transformation, and loss that myths so eloquently tell. Now, in Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths, we have the first anthology to gather the great 20th century myth-inspired poems from around the world.

"Perhaps it is because the myths echo the structure of our unconscious that every new generation of poets finds them a source of inspiration and self-recognition," says Nina Kossman in her introduction to this marvelous collection. Indeed, from Valery, Yeats, Lawrence, Rilke, Akhmatova, and Auden writing in the first half of the century to such contemporary poets as Lucille Clifton, Derek Walcott, Rita Dove, Wislawa Szymborska, and Mark Strand, the material of Greek myth has elicited a poetry of remarkably high achievement. And by organizing the poems first into broad categories such as "Heroes," "Lovers," "Trespassers," and secondly around particular mythological figures such as Persephone, Orpheus, or Narcissus, readers are treated to a fascinating spectrum of poems on the same subject. For example, the section on Odysseus includes poems by Cavafy, W. S. Merwin, Gregory Corso, Gabriel Zaid, Louise Gluck, Wallace Stevens, and many others. Thus we are allowed to see the familiar Greek hero refracted through the eyes, and sharply varying stylistic approaches, of a wide range of poets from around the world.

Edited by Nina Kossman


  • Titans
    • atlas by Lucille Clifton
    • Atlas on Grass by Vernon Watkins
    • Prometheus by Yunna Morits
    • Prometheus on His Crag by Ted Hughes
    • Old Prometheus by Zbigniew Herbert
    • Prometheus by Emery George
    • Inhabited Liver by Marin Sorescu
    • New Prometheus by Jerzy Ficowski
    • Prometheus by Robert Graves
    • Pandora, Again by Sidhveswar Sen
  • Zeus
    • Jupiter on Juno by A.D. Hope
    • Jove by Frank O'Hara
    • Leda by Rainer Maria Rilke
    • Leda by Robert Graves
    • Leda by D.H. Lawrence
    • Leda and the Swan by William Butler Yeats
    • Leda by Mona Van Duyn
    • Leda 3 by Lucille Clifton
    • Leda by Nina Kossman
    • Living Next to Leda by Barbara Bentley
    • To Io, Afterwards by Laurie Sheck
    • Io Remembers by Larissa Szporluk
    • "Pink foam of exhaustion round his soft lips..." by Osip Mandelshtam
    • Europa by Derek Walcott
    • "After abducting Europa..." by Boris Filipoff
    • Alcmene by Yannis Ritsos
    • Ganymede by W.H. Auden
    • The Rape of Ganymede by Umberto Saba
  • Demeter
    • Demeter by Valentine Penrose
    • The Search by Rita Dove
    • Demeter's Prayer to Hades by Rita Dove
    • Persephone by D.M. Thomas
    • Persephone by Peter Huchel
    • Persephone by Adam Zagajewski
    • Hymn to Proserpine by Charles Olson
    • Bavarian Gentians by D.H. Lawrence
    • Purple Anemones by D.H. Lawrence
    • Pomegranate by D.M. Thomas
  • Apollo
    • Apollo of the Physiologists by Robert Graves
    • Linear A by Daryl Hine
    • Daphne with Her Thighs in Bark by Eavan Boland
    • Where I Live in This Honorable House of the Laurel Tree by Anne Sexton
    • Daphne Herself by Nina Kossman
    • Daphne by Edna St. Vincent Millay
    • A Footnote to Ovid by John Fuller
    • Daphne After by Kathleen Raine
    • Apollo and Daphne by Yvor Winters
    • Daphne on Woodbrook Drive by Ann Deagon
    • Apollo to Daphne by Michael Graves
    • Waking by Margaret Kaufman
    • Marpessa's Choice by Yannis Ritsos
  • Aphrodite
    • Birth of Eventually Venus by Archibald MacLeish
    • Episode with Aphrodite by Yunna Morits
    • Aphrodite by Olga Broumas
    • Praise to Aphrodite by Marina Tsvetaeva
    • Aphrodite at Solstice by Samn Stockwell
    • The Re-birth of Venus by Geoffrey Hill
    • Venus over the Desert by William Carlos Williams
    • The Death of Venus by Robert Creeley
  • Other Olympians
    • Athene's Song by Eavan Boland
    • Athena's Vote by Constantine P. Cavafy
    • Hermes by Ronald Bottrall
    • "In the fourth year of the war..." by Charles Simic
    • Hermes, Dog, and Star by Zbigniew Herbert
    • Expiation by Yannis Ritsos
    • Mars by Alfred Gong
    • Cretan Artemis by Rainer Maria Rilke
    • Diana—or the Objects by Günter Grass
    • Hecate by Claribel Alegría
    • The Fate of Actaeon by James Laughlin
    • Endymion by Thomas Kinsella
    • "Zeus fired Hephaestus..." by Osip Mandelshtam
    • Hephaestus by Peter Russell
    • Vulcan by George Oppen
    • Once and For all by Delmore Schwartz
    • Playing Dionysos in The Bacchae by Kathleen Raine
    • Go Loudly, Pentheus by Kathleen Raine
    • Pentheus by George Seferis
  • Lesser Immortals & Near-Immortals
    • Eros by Denise Levertov
    • Hymn to Eros by Denise Levertov
    • Cupid's Chant by Delmore Schwartz
    • Pan with Us by Robert Frost
    • Pan is Dead by Ezra Pound
    • The Clown's Report on Satyrs by Ramon Guthrie
    • The Satyr by Frank O'Hara
    • The Centaur by Theodore Roethke
    • Centaur by Max Jacob
    • The Last Centaur by Ion Barbu
    • Epitaph for a Centaur by Joseph Brodsky
    • Chiron by Yvor Winters
    • Dryad by Johannes Bobrowski
    • Virgin in a Tree by Sylvia Plath
    • Wooded Forms by Joyce Carol Oates
    • Proteus by Jorge Luis Borges
    • Proteus by Sándor Weöres
    • Proteus's Tale by Maura Stanton
    • Proteus by W.S. Merwin
    • The Sibyl by Marina Tsvetaeva
    • A Sibyl by Rainer Maria Rilke
    • The Sibyl by Vernon Watkins
  • The Way to the Underworld
    • On the Banks of the Styx by Wislawa Szymborska
    • Charon's Cosmology by Charles Simic
    • Shore by Zbigniew Herbert
    • Canto by Lars Forssell
    • Charon by Louis MacNeice
    • Cerberus by Stephen Mitchell
    • Lethe by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
    • Lethe by Edna St. Vincent Millay
    • There is No River Which is Called Lethe by Charles Olson
  • Lovers
    • Orpheus. Eurydice. Hermes by Rainer Maria Rilke
    • Eurydice to Orpheus by Marina Tsvetaeva
    • Eurydice by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
    • Eurydice by Margaret Atwood
    • Descent by Yannis Ritsos
    • Orpheus in Hell by D.M. Thomas
    • Orpheus and Eurydice by Jorie Graham
    • The Look Back by William Bronk
    • Eurydice by Thomas Merton
    • Orpheus by Rod Wooden
    • Orpheus by Stephen Mitchell
    • Betrayals/Hades, Eurydice, Orpheus by Gregory Orr
    • Orpheus in the Underworld by Louis Simpson
    • Eurydice in Darkness by Peter Davison
    • Orpheus and Eurydice by Geoffrey Hill
    • Orpheus' Dream by Edwin Muir
    • Darkness Spoken by Ingeborg Bachmann
    • Orpheus by Veno Taufer
    • A Tree Telling of Orpheus by Denise Levertov
    • Orpheus Alone by Mark Strand
    • from The Sonnets to Orpheus (II, XIII) by Rainer Maria Rilke
    • Passion by Georg Trakl
    • Finding Eurydice by Jack Gilbert
    • Orpheus Opens His Morning Mail by Donald Justice
    • Orpheus (2) by Margaret Atwood
    • "So they drifted: the lyre and the head..." by Marina Tsvetaeva
    • The Poem as a Mask/Orpheus by Muriel Rukeyser
    • The Head of Orpheus by Robert Kelly
    • Orpheus by Joel Oppenheimer
    • Orpheus by Alan Dugan
    • from The Sonnets to Orpheus (I,XXVI) by Rainer Maria Rilke
    • Philemon and Baucis by Thom Gunn
    • Powers of Thirteen (#44) by John Hollander
    • Alcestis by Rainer Maria Rilke
    • Alcestis, or Autumn: A Hymn (IV) by Allen Grossman
    • Alcestis by Maura Stanton
    • Alcestis by Kate Daniels
  • Transformations
    • Narcissus, Echo by Clive Wilmer
    • Narcissus by Stephen Mitchell
    • Narcissus by May Sarton
    • Narcissus (I) by Rainer Maria Rilke
    • The Rape of Narcissus by Mihai Ursachi
    • Narcissus at 60 by Linda Pastan
    • Narcissus in the Desert by William Carlos Williams
    • Philomela by Mikhail Kreps
    • Philomela by Yannis Ritsos
    • Philomela with a Melody by Erich Fried
    • Pygmalion by John Dickson
    • Galatea Encore by Joseph Brodsky
  • Trespassers
    • Phaethon's Dream by Nina Kossman
    • Phaeton by Kathleen Raine
    • "Niobe, Also, of the Beautiful Hair, Thought of Eating" by Laurie Sheck
    • "Niobe, your tears..." by Hayden Carruth
    • Niobe Now by Muriel Rukeyser
    • Daedalus: The Dirge by George Oppen
    • Musee des Beaux Arts by W.H. Auden
    • Icarus by Erik Lindegren
    • Icarus to Eve by Ramon Guthrie
    • Waiting for Icarus by Muriel Rukeyser
    • Icarus by Leonid Bulanov
    • To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph by Anne Sexton
    • Icarus Descended by Michael Blumenthal
    • Icarus by Night by Ann Deagon
    • Daedalus by Alastair Reid
    • Arachne's Story by John Hollander
    • Arachne by Rhina Espaillat
    • Marsyas and the Flute by Xiaoyun Lin
    • Aftermath by Daryl Hine
    • Psyche Pleads with Cupid by Delmore Schwartz
    • Psyche with the Candle by Archibald MacLeish
    • "When Psyche—life—goes down to the shades..." by Osip Mandelshtam
  • The Condemned
    • The Myth of Sisyphus by Stephen Mitchell
    • instructions for sisyphus by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
    • "nothing is told about the moment..." by Lucille Clifton
    • New Sisyphus by José Emilio Pacheco
    • Sisyphus by Miguel Torga
    • The Maxims of Sisyphus by Delmore Schwartz
    • The Abnegation by William Bronk
    • Tantalus by Len Krisak
  • Heroes
    • Medusa by Vincent O'Sullivan
    • Medusa by Stephen Stepanchev
    • Ode: The Medusa Face by W.S. Merwin
    • Tableau Vivant by Daryl Hine
    • Perseus by Louis MacNeice
    • The Muse as Medusa by May Sarton
    • Heracles by C.K. Williams
    • The Labours of Hercules (13) by John Fuller
    • Hercules at Nemea by Robert Graves
    • Hercules and Antaeus by Seamus Heaney
    • The Argonauts by D.H. Lawrence
    • Mythistorema (4) by George Seferis
    • The Decline of the Argo by Yannis Ritsos
    • Jason's Grave in Jerusalem by Dan Pagis
    • Medea by Kathleen Raine
  • Crete
    • Pasiphae by A.D. Hope
    • Lament for Pasiphae by Robert Graves
    • Ariadne by Thomas Merton
    • Theseus and Ariadne by Robert Graves
    • Ariadne auf Naxos by Nicholas Christopher
    • Requiem by Rosario Ferre
    • The Minotaur by Muriel Rukeyser
    • Minotaur by John Frederick Nims
    • The Labyrinth by Jorge Luis Borges
    • Phaedra in the Farm House by Thom Gunn
  • Thebes
    • Oedipus by Constantine P. Cavafy
    • Oedipus and the Riddle by Jorge Luis Borges
    • The Sphinx's Riddle to Oedipus by Randall Jarrell
    • The Theban Sphinx by John Heath-Stubbs
    • Myth by Muriel Rukeyser
    • What Riddle Asked the Sphinx by Archibald MacLeish
    • Dialogue with the Sphinx by Ramon Guthrie
    • Oedipus II by Michael Blumenthal
    • Sphinx Ludens by Ann Deagon
    • The Approach to Thebes by Stanley Kunitz
    • The Other Oedipus by Edwin Muir
    • Last Words by Eleanor Wilner
  • Troy
    • The Judgment of Paris by W.S. Merwin
    • Paris Reconsiders by Norman Iles
    • How Cassandra Became Clairvoyant by Nina Kossman
    • The Real Reason by Yannis Ritsos
    • Soliloquy for Cassandra by Wislawa Szymborska
    • Cassandra by Robinson Jeffers
    • Cassandra by Stephen Mitchell
    • Cassandra by Louise Bogan
    • Helen by Paul Valéry
    • Helen by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
    • "Thus—only Helen looks Past..." by Marina Tsvetaeva
    • "There are rhymes in this world..." by Marina Tsvetaeva
    • Helen's Burning by Laura Riding
    • Helen's Faces by Laura Riding
    • Helen by George Seferis
    • When Helen Lived by William Butler Yeats
    • No Second Troy by William Butler Yeats
    • "Wakefulness. Homer. Taut sails..." by Osip Mandelshtam
    • Helen by Odysseus Elytis
    • On the Walls by Rhina Espaillat
    • Iphigenia by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen
    • The Sacrifice of Iphigenia by Zbigniew Herbert
    • Iphigenia by Attilio Bertolucci
    • Iphigenia: Politics by Thomas Merton
    • Iphigenia, Setting the Record Straight by Eleanor Wilner
    • Reading a Greek Pitcher by Yunna Morits
    • Troy by Edwin Muir
    • On Reading a Recent Greek Poet by Bertolt Brecht
    • Trojans by Constantine P. Cavafy
    • "Since I could not keep hold of your hands..." by Osip Mandelshtam
    • My Weariness of Epic Proportions by Charles Simic
    • #39 Lesson in Homer by Charles Reznikoff
    • A Moment in Troy by Wislawa Szymborska
    • Boy, Cat, Canary by Stephen Spender
    • Patroclus Putting on the Armour of Achilles by Daryl Hine
    • The Horses of Achilles by Constantine P. Cavafy
    • The Shield of Achilles by W.H. Auden
    • The Helmet by Michael Longley
    • Ceasefire by Michael Longley
    • In the Shadow of Homer by Eugenio de Andrade
    • Hecuba's Testament by Rosario Castellanos
    • The Menelaus by Robert Kelly
  • After Troy
    • Clytemnestra (I) by Robert Lowell
    • The Missing Knot by Zbigniew Herbert
    • Agamemnon in Hades by Peter Russell
    • Mycenae by Salvatore Quasimodo
    • Electra, Waiting by Laurie Sheck
    • Electra by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen
    • Mythistorema (16) by George Seferis
    • Chorus of Furies by Basil Bunting
    • The Furies by May Sarton
    • Dido's Farewell to Aeneas by Stevie Smith
    • "Do not be frightened..." by Anna Akhmatova
    • Dido's Farewell by Linda Pastan
    • Body Politic by Judith Johnson
    • The Mediterranean by Allen Tate
    • Aeneas at Washington by Allen Tate
    • "He who called blood builder..." by John Peck
    • Falling Asleep over the Aeneid by Robert Lowell
    • Turnus by Rosanna Warren
  • The Wanderings & The Homecoming of Odysseus
    • Odysseus by Haim Guri
    • Ithaka by Constantine P. Cavafy
    • Odysseus by W.S. Merwin
    • Ulysses by Umberto Saba
    • Ulysses by Umberto Saba
    • The Grave of Odysseus by Peter Huchel
    • "Aft, he sleeps..." by Pentti Saarikoski
    • A Second Odyssey by Constantine P. Cavafy
    • Mortal Infliction by Gregory Corso
    • The Greeks Are Blinding Polyphemus by György Rába
    • Circe by Gabriel Zaid
    • Pity Ulysses by Virginia Hamilton Adair
    • Circe's Power by Louise Glück
    • Moly by Thom Gunn
    • Circe by W.H. Auden
    • Odysseus's Temptation by Igor Vishnevetsky
    • The Sirens by Linda Pastan
    • Siren Song by Margaret Atwood
    • Haven by Ronald Bottrall
    • The Sirens by Richard Wilbur
    • The Companions in Hades by George Seferis
    • Calypso by Peter Davison
    • The Island by Anselm Hollo
    • "Give me poison to die or dreams to live... by Gunnar Ekelöf
    • Nausicaä by Judita Vaičiunaitė
    • Ithaca by Louise Glück
    • The World as Meditation by Wallace Stevens
    • An Ancient Gesture by Edna St. Vincent Millay
    • You Are Odysseus by Linda Pastan
    • Penelope's Despair by Yannis Ritsos
    • Fiery Water by Pia Tafdrup
    • Odyssey, Book Twenty-Three by Jorge Luis Borges
    • Ulysses by Cesare Pavese

Original title: Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths
Original languages: Various


Genre: MythologyReinterpretations

The following works are contained within this one:
     Horses of Achilles, the (1897) [Poem]
      Author: Constantine P. Cavafy
     Ithaka (1911) [Poem]
      Author: Constantine P. Cavafy
     Shield of Achilles, the (1953) [Poem]
      Author: W.H. Auden

Edition #1: Gods and Mortals

Gods and Mortals (2001)
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Language: English

Edited by: Nina Kossman
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Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195133412
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Pages: 320

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