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Metamorphoses (Penguin Classics) Paperback – August 3, 2004
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Of how to handle hexameters. Why then their failure
to use it
In Raeburn's recent translation of Metamorphoses?
On an average page, there's barely three verses that's
A single line, with all others continued with vast
And most roving over a single word. The pages are
Everything awkward to read. The font size is generous,
So why not reduce it a point and gather more verses
Nor does it help that the poem is written in thumping
With all of the beats but now with just one third the
Dietetically versed. Avoid this volume. Feh, and more
This work is important as a treasure trove of mythological material and transformation of the self. It is deeply mystical and also important to the study of classical mythology. There is so much in the book that it is hard to summarize what I like about it in a review. It is an important work well translated. If that was all, I'd give it 5 stars.
However, the book design is another matter. The book wastes a LOT of whitespace and adds unnecessary line breaks which are jarring to the reading of the poetry. I have to wonder whether this was motivated by price (larger book, higher cost) or whether it was just simply due to lack of review of alternatives. For example, a slightly wider page, a slightly smaller font, or even a narrower margin could have avoided this problem. One gets the distinct impression that nobody was really reviewing the design. It's a shame really. The book could have used a lot less paper and been easier to read. For this I have deducted a star. It's still a book I'd recommend, but no longer as highly as I would have.
This edition lacks a table of contents in the "go to" menu, but the hyperlinked table of contents at the beginning of the book works quite well. The myths in each book are clearly listed, so you can, for example, easily find the story of Pyramus and Thisbe in Book 4 and jump right to it.
The annotations work well. Hyperlinks bring you to the notes and glossary at the back of the book.
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The repeated rhyming becomes tedious. In the ancient world it must have been widely appreciated.Published 9 months ago by shmuesn
If you're buying this for Philosophy 101, then you're probably doing that out of resentment. If you're buying this for personal - then it's worth the read. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Reignman
I did not get the book. I have canceled the order because of too much time waiting.Published 11 months ago by Rosiney Rodrigues