Memorial: An Excavation of the Iliad

Memorial: An Excavation of the Iliad

To retrieve the Iliad's' energy, Alice Oswald has stripped away its story and her account focuses by turns on Homer's extended similes and on the brief biographies of the minor war-dead, most of whom are little more than names, but each of whom lives and dies unforgettably - and unforgotten - in the copiousness of Homer's glance. Alice Oswald has won several literary awards.

Title:Memorial: An Excavation of the Iliad
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780571274161
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  • Trish

    The poetry of Alice Oswald is preternatural…preternaturally gorgeous, preternaturally immediate and relevant and precise. We want to sink into that language and be in that bright place—perhaps not...

  • Julie

    10/10I've been robbed of my first words on this review by Eavan Boland, who begins an afterword by describing this work as luminous. Let me add transcendent. And sublime. And then, I should stop, for ...

  • Roger Brunyate

    An Oral CemeteryPROTESILAUSECHEPOLUSELEPHENORSIMOISIUSLEUKOSDEMOCOONDIORESPIROUSPHEGEUSIDAEUS. . .Eight pages, five hundred names, the roll-call of the dead in the Trojan Wars, they call to mind the n...

  • Courtney Johnston

    I have spent all weekend feeling somewhat dazed by this poem. I read it twice yesterday; I have spent today picking it up, leafing to favoured passages, putting it down again. I have bailed people up ...

  • James Murphy

    Alice Oswald says her Memorial: A Version of Homer's Iliad is a translation of Iliad's atmosphere, not the story. The "Afterword" by the poet Eavan Boland tells us it's a catalog, comparing it to a ce...

  • Philippe

    Alice Oswald slashed seven-eights of Homer's epic and compacted it into a hypnotic sequence of biographic vignettes and pastoral similes. The shock of violent battlefield death is contrasted with time...

  • Caroline

    Why do we write such exquisitely beautiful poems about death in war? We lament that aspect of a culture that conferred glory on death in battle, but Homer is so mesmerizing that we can’t escape his ...

  • Caroline

    It is well worth getting the CD of Alice Oswald reading Memorial. It is akin to standing on Remembrance Sunday listening to the names of the dead being read aloud. These are the ordinary men who were ...

  • Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)

    It is mid-November 2011, and just a few days removed from November 11th, the traditional "Remembrance Day" (UK) and "Veteran's Day" (US), and somehow it seems highly appropriate that I have just finis...

  • Andrew Schirmer

    Astoundingly evocative retelling--perspective shift, really--of the Illiad. Now I want to read everything she's ever written....