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Dryden's Aeneid: The English Virgil

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This book demonstrates how Dryden made Virgil's Aeneid available in an English idiom that would reflect and appeal to English tastes and values over a long period of time.
Hardcover, 151 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by University of Delaware Press
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Jul 14, 2014 Benjamin rated it really liked it
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I read my first review of this poem and thought it sounded a bit pedantic. So I offer here a more candid reflection for my own entertainment as well as that of the reader. Enjoy.

I picked up this book and decided to read it because it was part of a set of Harvard Classics inherited from my father. It also sounds impressive to say, "Yes. Yes, I have read Virgil." Let's face it: the vast majority of us are not well-read, so when someone bandies about the name Virgil or Aeneid we nod our heads knowi
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Jun 15, 2014 Steve Hemmeke rated it liked it
Virgil’s Aeneid viewed cynically is propaganda. He was legitimizing the government of Caesar Augustus, following the defeat of Marc Antony at Actium.

Virgil appeals to the gods whenever Aeneas or his men do something questionable, like kill a man on his homeland over an animal hunt, or attack and take over land that isn't theirs. Oh, the gods helped them? Then it must be okay. The irony is, this is a counterfeit of the time when this happened legitimately, when God gave Israel the promised land.
Jun 01, 2015 Samuel added it
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The heroic couplets are beautiful in and of themselves, but there was a gap in my mind between their beauty and the comparative harshness of modern spoken English. Of course, this says nothing about the integrity (which is stunning) of Dryden's translation; all I mean to say is that even though this is a landmark English poem, it will take some work to get all the way through. I believe I started it in March of 2014 and finished around the turn of 2015, dropping in and out of it from time to ...more
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