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TRANSLATED BY TOM PAYNE Are you a sought-after dreamboat forever turning down invitations from attractive admirers? If not, then perhaps you could use some advice from Ovid, the best teacher on the subject of love in all of history. The Art of Love may have been written in the days of gladiators and emperors, but the advice within its covers is enduringly useful and entertaining. It contains all men and women need to know about where to meet a new beau, how to handle illicit affairs, how to maintain your allure and dress to impress. This edition also contains the companion volume The Cure for Love - in case things don't work out. With an introduction by Hephzibah Anderson
Ovidio nació en el año 43 a. C. en Sulmo, no muy lejos de Roma, y murió desterrado en una remota aldea del Ponto, Tomis. El arte de amar y El remedio del amor, entre otros motivos, ocasionaron su destierro, que le fue impuesto por Augusto, quien permaneció siempre implacable a los ruegos del poeta para que le permitiese regresar a Roma. Escritos con refinamiento poético, con talante lúdico y un tanto irónico, muy atentos a las escenas amorosas y a las peripecias eróticas, utilizando con desenfado los antiguos mitos clásicos, estos libros son tratados con ligereza, e incluso con "levedad", que es lo que confiere a su autor una modernidad indiscutible. Están inspirados por una misteriosa mujer, Corina, que no sabemos si corresponde a una figura real, pero que Los amores hicieron tan famosa como la Lesbia de Catulo, o la Cintia de Propercio.
Considerada una de las obras maestras de la literatura latina, Las metamorfosis es un vasto poema en quince libros, basados en la mitología y en la literatura helénicas. La obra contiene 246 leyendas mitológicas que explican las diversas formas externas que adoptaron los personajes y cosas de la antigüedad desde el comienzo del caos hasta la transformación de julio Cesar. La obra está escrita en verso heroico, en hexámetros.
Stories of passion, death, and transformation. From the introduction: "the great collection, the definitive compendium of ancient mythology, which is known to us as the Metamorphoses, or the Stories of Changing Forms. The work on which Ovid's reputation was founded shows a great deal of the spirit of the Restoration; unhappily for this happy man, there was in Augustus a great deal of the spirit of Cromwell. And from the official point of view, Ovid must often have seemed mischievous, if not downright subversive." [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 9-10 at http://www.corestandards.org.]
Ovid's epic poem, whose theme of change has resonated throughout the ages, has been the inspiration for authors from Dante to present day writers such as Rushdie and Calvino. Martin combines a close fidelity to Ovid's text with verse that catches the speed and liveliness of the original. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 9-10 at http://www.corestandards.org.]
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid offers to the modern world such a key to the literary and religious culture of the ancients that it becomes an important event when at last a good poet comes up with a translation into English verse." --John Crowe Ransom"... a charming and expert English version, which is right in tone for the Metamorphoses." --Francis Fergusson"This new Ovid, fresh and faithful, is right for our time and should help to restore a great reputation." --Mark Van DorenThe first and still the best modern verse translation of the Metamorphoses, Humphries' version of Ovid's masterpiece captures its wit, merriment, and sophistication.Everyone will enjoy this first modern translation by an American poet of Ovid's great work, the major treasury of classical mythology, which has perennially stimulated the minds of men. In this lively rendering there are no stock props of the pastoral and no literary landscaping, but real food on the table and sometimes real blood on the ground.Not only is Ovid's Metamorphoses a collection of all the myths of the time of the Roman poet as he knew them, but the book presents at the same time a series of love poems--about the loves of men, women, and the gods. There are also poems of hate, to give the proper shading to the narrative. And pervading all is the writer's love for this earth, its people, its phenomena.Using ten-beat, unrhymed lines in his translation, Rolfe Humphries shows a definite kinship for Ovid's swift and colloquial language and Humphries' whole poetic manner is in tune with the wit and sophistication of the Roman poet. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 9-10 at http://www.corestandards.org.]
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