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Alice Oswald

Autor(a) de Memorial

19+ Works 1,145 Membros 18 Críticas 4 Favorited

About the Author

Alice Oswald has won the Eric Gregory Award, the Arts Foundation Award for Poetry, the Forward Prize, the Ted Hughes Award, and the T. S. Eliot Prize. She lives in Devon, England.

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Obras por Alice Oswald

Memorial (2011) — Autor — 305 exemplares
Dart (2002) 223 exemplares
Falling awake (2016) 165 exemplares
Woods etc. (2005) 126 exemplares
The Thing in the Gap-stone Stile (1996) 71 exemplares
Nobody (2018) 65 exemplares
Weeds and Wild Flowers (2009) 62 exemplares
A Sleepwalk on the Severn (2009) 40 exemplares
The Thunder Mutters: 101 Poems for the Planet (2005) — Editor — 22 exemplares
Thomas Wyatt. Edited by Alice Oswald (Poet to Poet) (2008) — Editor — 14 exemplares
Gigantic Cinema: A Weather Anthology (2020) — Editor — 7 exemplares
Archipelago: A Reader (2021) 4 exemplares
Tree Ghosts 1 exemplar
Ingen : dikt (2021) 1 exemplar
Abide (2021) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Women on Nature (2021) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
Modern Women Poets (2005) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Red: The Waterstones Anthology (2012) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares

Etiquetado

Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Oswald, Alice
Data de nascimento
1966
Sexo
female
Nacionalidade
UK
País (no mapa)
UK
Locais de residência
Devon, England, UK
Educação
Oxford University (New College)
Ocupações
gardener
poet
Relações
Oswald, Peter (husband)
Beatty, Laura (sister)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Ted Hughes Award (2010)

Membros

Críticas

Like a stone
Stands by a grave and says nothing

Review of the W.W. Norton Company paperback edition (2013) of the original Faber & Faber hardcover (2011)

This is an extraordinarily beautiful meditation and elegy on death, loss and the fleeting nature of life. Although ostensibly a "version" of Homer's Iliad, it is Alice Oswald's poetic similes that follow each listing of a death or deaths from the Greek epic which are the affecting and haunting chorus to each passing.

Oswald starts off by listing all 200 names of the dead from The Iliad, from Protesilaus through to Hector. She then begins to intone each again, with some excerpts relating to their deaths in the epic and then following them with her similes, each of those latter repeated twice. In my ignorance I thought the repeats were a typo at first, and then realized the beauty of repeating them and letting their imagery sink in.
Like leaves
Sometimes they light their green flames
And are fed by the earth
And sometimes it snuffs them out

Like leaves
Sometimes they light their green flames
And are fed by the earth
And sometimes it snuffs them out
Like moonlight
Or the light of a bonfire
Burning on the cliffs
When sailors get blown along
Homesick over the sea
They notice that far-off fire
And think of their wives

Like moonlight
Or the light of a bonfire
Burning on the cliffs
When sailors get blown along
Homesick over the sea
They notice that far-off fire
And think of their wives
Like when god throws a star
And everyone looks up
To see that ship of sparks
And then it's gone

Like when god throws a star
And everyone looks up
To see that ship of sparks
And then it's gone

Reading this during the current pandemic and the extent of the worldwide loss of life due to that disease made me think of the mythological Trojan War as a metaphor for any sort of long term unjust forms of death and I became more focused on Oswald's choruses than the Iliad sections.

The poem is followed by an excellent Afterword by Eaven Boland in this 2013 Norton paperback edition.

I've been a long term fan of Christopher Logue's Homer in War Music (2015), but I have to confess that Alice Oswald has become my new fave Iliad adaptation.

My thanks to Liisa & family for this kind gift.
… (mais)
 
Assinalado
alanteder | 8 outras críticas | Jun 4, 2021 |
I did not expect to be so moved.

Quite a horrific but beautiful account of war.
 
Assinalado
mjhunt | 8 outras críticas | Jan 22, 2021 |
Gorgeously descriptive.
The play/poem structure is really fun.
 
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mjhunt | 1 outra crítica | Jan 22, 2021 |
Like leaves who could write a history of leaves
The wind blows their ghosts to the ground
And the spring breathes new leaf into the woods
Thousands of names thousands of leaves
When you remember them remember this
Dead bodies are their lineage
Which matter no more than the leaves
 
Assinalado
drbrand | 8 outras críticas | Jan 13, 2021 |

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Estatísticas

Obras
19
Also by
4
Membros
1,145
Popularidade
#22,429
Avaliação
3.9
Críticas
18
ISBN
58
Línguas
2
Marcado como favorito
4

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