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Alcestis: A Play Paperback – September 4, 2000
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“Hughes's poetic style if fully of beauty and pathos. Highly recommended.” ―Library Journal
“[Hughes uses] the same technique of adaptation he deployed so well in Tales from Ovid, paring Classical polysyllables to the minimum, and finding the grain of mythic significance...His portrayal of the surviving and self-chastising Admetos is acute. Whatever shades of autobiography may writhe through these lines--they belong to a drama that works.” ―Nigel Spivey, The Daily Telegraph
About the Author
Among Ted Hughes's other translations are The Oresteia of Aeschylus, Racine's Phedre, and Tales from Ovid. His last book of poems, Birthday Letters, won the Whitbread Book of the Year Prize. He was Poet Laureate to Queen Elizabeth II and lived in Devon, England until he died in 1998.
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Just as she is being buried, Heracles appears at the king’s palace. Unasked by the king, he goes out, wrestles with death, defeats death, and brings back Alcestis to her husband alive.
Interestingly, Alcestis is unable to speak when she reappears after her death. Her husband asks why this is so. Heracles explains that it is only after three days after death that one can be fully alive again. This brings to mind the story of the resurrection of Jesus after three days.