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The Poetical Works of Christopher Smart Vol. V

The Works of Horace, Translated into Verse

The Poetical Works of Christopher Smart( )
Author: Smart, Christopher
Editor: Williamson, Karina
Series title:Oxford English Texts
Publication Date:Aug 1996
Publisher:Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Imprint:Clarendon Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $235.00
Book Description:

Published here for the first time since 1767, Christopher Smart's verse translation of Horace strengthens the impression made by all Smart's later verse of a poet of remarkable lyrical virtuosity and boldness of expression. Karina Williamson's informative introduction discusses Smart's principles and methods in the context of 18th-century attitudes to the translation of classical works. Full scholarly apparatus is provided, as is a detailed commentary which explainsthe more obscure passages.

Book Details
Detailed Subjects: Poetry / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.577 x 8.697 x 1.17 Inches
Book Weight:1.674 Pounds
Author Biography
Smart, Christopher (Author)
Son of a viscount, Smart was educated at Cambridge, where he was a lecturer in philosophy and rhetoric until 1752. Smart also spent his early years as a journalist and a writer of occasional verse. Subject to religious mania and an overexcited mind, Smart suffered a breakdown and spent several years in mental asylums. It is said that during his confinement, deprived of paper and pen, he scratched with a key on the wainscot of his room his masterpiece, A Song to David (1763). In 1771, in debt and sunk in drunkenness, Smart was confined to King's Bench Prison, where he died. In his greatest poetry, Smart wrote rationally but ecstatically, shedding the narrow poetic shackles of his time. His verse anticipates the poetry of Blake, especially in Jubilate Agno (Rejoice in the Lamb), also from Smart's "mad" period, in which the poet glorifies all the creatures of God; there is a charming section on his cat Jeoffry. Benjamin Britten (see Vol. 3) has set Rejoice in the Lamb to music. 020

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