Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Great Regulars: This dithyramb--Fragment 75--

by the Greek lyric poet Pindar (522--443 BC) was written to be performed at a celebration in honour of Dionysus, the god of wine and ecstasy and son of Semele and Zeus. [Robert] Garioch's translation is a clear mark of the aspirations of literary Scots. The poem's setting reminds us that Edinburgh is known as the "Athens of the North": Garioch may also be echoing Pindar's invocation of divine lyric help.

from The Times Literary Supplement: Poem of the Week: "Dithyramb"


No comments :