The Illiad by Homer

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  • The product of more than a decade's continuous work (1598-1611). Chapman's translation of Homer's great poem of war is a mganificent testimony to the power of the Illiad. In muscular, onward- rolling verse Chapman retells the story of Achilles, the great warrior, and his terrible wrath before on Greeks and Trojans. Chapman regarded the translation of this epic, and of Homer's Odyssey (also available in Wordsworth Editions) as his life's work, and dedicated himself to capturing the 'soul' of the poem. Swinburne praised the resulting translation for it's 'romantic and sometimes barbaric grandeur, fire and brutality of the original poem. This new edition includes a critical introduction and extensive notes, rendering Chapman's extraordinary poetic masterpiece accessible to modern readers.