David Ferry





David Ferry



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Gilgamesh: A New Rendering ...

3.75 avg rating — 321 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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Bewilderment: New Poems and...

3.86 avg rating — 224 ratings — published 2012 — 6 editions
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The Odes of Horace

4.11 avg rating — 54 ratings — published 1998 — 2 editions
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Of No Country I Know: New a...

4.31 avg rating — 36 ratings — published 1999 — 2 editions
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Dwelling Places: Poems and ...

4.36 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 1993 — 2 editions
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The Epistles of Horace

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Strangers: A Book of Poems

3.78 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 1983 — 2 editions
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Total Mets: The Definitive ...

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On This Side of the River: ...

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2012
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The Georgics of Virgil

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“How long does a building stand before it falls?
How long does a contract last? How long will brothers

share the inheritance before they quarrel?
How long does hatred, for that matter, last?

Time after time the river has risen and flooded.
The insect leaves the cocoon to live but a minute.

How long is the eye able to look at the sun?
From the very beginning nothing at all has lasted.”
David Ferry, The Epic of Gilgamesh

“Gilgamesh wandered in the wilderness grieving over the death of Enkidu and weeping saying: “Enkidu has died. Must I die too? Must Gilgamesh be like that?” Gilgamesh felt the fear of it in his belly. He said to himself that he would seek the son of Ubartutu, Utnapishtim, he, the only one of men by means of whom he might find out how death could be avoided. He said to himself that he would hasten to him, the dangers of the journey notwithstanding.”
David Ferry, Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse



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