Christopher Logue, Anne Carson, David Jones
In three separate sections, this chapter reviews the careers of three poets: the work of two of them (Logue and Jones) is now complete, that of the third (Carson) still in progress. The chapter offers an overview of each career, examining Logue's controversial versions of the Iliad, Carson's explorations and revisions of classical literature and elegy, and Jones's major poems of inclusive, quasi-epic ambition and scope. In offering these career analyses, the chapter examines such matters as: the nature and responsibilities of poetic translation; ideas of allusive re-invention; the inheritance and development of Modernism; absorptions and refractions of Catholic Christianity. The chapter makes a case for difficulty in some modern poetry as enabling but problematic, a resourceful re-aligning of the ancient and the modern or postmodern through which we might see ourselves anew.
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