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Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 22nd 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2001)
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Sylvester
Jun 08, 2014 Sylvester rated it it was amazing
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Gathering all these poems together? Herculean task. But my gosh, what a great idea! I loved it – all the different responses to the familiar (and some not so familiar) characters – proof of what Nina Grossman says in her introduction, “Myths belong to us as much or as little as the imagery of our own unconscious: the deeper we dig into our own psyches the more likely we are to stumble upon an ancient myth...And perhaps it is because the myths echo the structure of our unconscious that every new ...more
Gregory Rothbard
Nov 11, 2010 Gregory Rothbard rated it liked it
Great book that takes a modern look at classical greek mythology. A great reference to making the mythic relevant in this troubling time. Why Myths? -from the Introduction the editor Nina Kossman explains why myths resonate with our 21st century lives.
"The venerable tradition of doing a Greek mask is often used by poets in order to speak of things they would have found difficult to approach otherwise."xix Kossman believes that truth is found in the pure expression of the arts, "If we think we kn
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James Miller
Jul 22, 2014 James Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always with anthologies a somewhat mixed bag and my biggest disappointment was that the amazing pieces that jumped out and bit me wee those I already knew by Cavafy (esp. Ithaca), Longley, and Attwood (esp. Sirens). That of course need not detract if they are new to you and this does contain many good pieces.

I would have appreciated a date for the poems and perhaps a short potted biography (a paragraph or two) for each as an introduction. Ceasefire for instance meant much more after a poetry
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Michael
Aug 12, 2007 Michael marked it as to_finish_reading_someday
I've avoided reading this because I didn't want my own myth poems to be influenced by these, but I just can't resist! (Check out the table of contents on Amazon.)
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The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowship, a UNESCO/PEN Short Story Award, grants from Foundation for Hellenic Culture and Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, Nina Kossman is the author of "Behind the Border" (HarperCollins,1994, 1996) and the editor of "Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths" (Oxford University Press, 2001). Her poems in Russ ...more
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