The Faber Book of Greek

An illustrated collection of twenty-five Greek myths and legends including “Pygmalion”, “Echo Narcissus”, “Odysseus Circe”. “The Wanderings Aeneas”.

Mixing poems by known authors with anonymous material – work songs and street cries, nursery jingles, graffiti, lyrics of suffering celebration, charms chants Tom Paulin’s anthology speaks for an alternative tradition, one that nimbly defiantly opposes the ‘Parnassian official order’ which still dominates our culture.

Rilke, Sachs, Brecht, Celan: German has produced some of the giants 20th century European poetry. In this new selection, complete with many translations, Michael Hofmann guides us through poems, poets and themes verse. Meticulously researched but eminently approachable, The Faber Book Twentieth Century Poems is an essential addition to any poetry bookshelf. ‘Michael a skeptical intelligence, observant eye, compulsion speak unspeakable, useful wariness displaced person.’ Helen Vendler, New York Review Books ‘It probably impossible produce quality that tuned more precisely timbre present than Hofmann’s. Rapture only adequate response.’ Geoff Dyer, Guardian