gitgeezer wrote: ↑
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:19 pm
Does anyone read Chapman anymore? Alas, probably not.
Does anyone read anything else by him? I doubt it, unless they have accidentally signed up for the wrong Elizabethan course unit at uni.
Here is the start of Chapman's Odyssey. It is interesting because I see sometimes people arguing pronunciation from rhymes and I wonder if here they'd argue that unwise and impieties (last two lines) rhyme? (same goes for nations and fashions, etc. Haven't these people heard of half-rhymes?)
The man, O Muse, inform, that many a way
Wound with his wisdom to his wished stay;
That wander’d wondrous far, when he the town
Of sacred Troy had sack’d and shiver’d down;
The cities of a world of nations,
With all their manners, minds, and fashions,
He saw and knew; at sea felt many woes,
Much care sustain’d, to save from overthrows
Himself and friends in their retreat for home;
But so their fates he could not overcome,
Though much he thirsted it. O men unwise,
They perish’d by their own impieties!
1975 Calatayud y Gisbert, Yamaha CG131S.