The Iliad of Homer

The Iliad of Homer
Translated into English Blank Verse by William Cowper

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The Iliad of Homer
Translated into English Blank Verse by William Cowper

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Edited by Robert Southey.

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ginal, convinced that every departure from him would be punished with the forfeiture of some grace or beauty for which I could substitute no equivalent. The epithets that would consent to an English form I have preserved as epithets; others that would not, I have melted into the context. There are none, I believe, which I have not translated in one way or other, though the reader will not find them repeated so often as most of them are in HOMER, for a reason that need not be mentioned.

Few persons of any consideration are introduced either in the Iliad or Odyssey by their own name only, but their patronymic is given also. To this ceremonial I have generally attended, because it is a
circumstance of my author's manner.

HOMER never allots less than a whole line to the introduction of a speaker. No, not even when the speech itself is no longer than the line that leads it. A practice to which, since he never departs from it, he must have been determined by some cogent reason. He probably deemed it a

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when one writes with hands its readable , when with brain its art n when with heart magnus opus...and that is ILLIAD a perfection...while reading it one can truly feel joire-de-vivre...