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Poetry is at least an elegance and at most a revelation.

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I think there are perhaps two ways in which one can begin.

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Yes, living voices in a living language, so it seemed to us.

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I think that everyone who took part has always been grateful for it.

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In fact, eloquence in English will inevitably make use of the Latin element in our vocabulary.

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I would then go on to say that Homer, as we now know, was working in what they call an oral tradition.

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What the translator - myself in particular - does is not comparable to what the Homeric performer was doing.

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There must of course be a relationship between translating and making poems of your own, but what it is I just don't know.

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One should indeed read Pope with his notes available, in the Twickenham edition possibly, to see what a vast amount he did understand about Homer.

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The invention of Bob Dylan with his guitar belongs in its way to the same kind of tradition of something meant to be heard, as the songs of Homer.

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