Epic and Epigram: Two Elizabethan Entertainments

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David R. Slavitt's affectionate translations of epigrams by sixteenth-century Welsh academic John Owen transmute a careful selection of the writer's work into a vision of life, and in so doing bring Owen into conversation with the present day. Pithy, quick, favouring balance and economy over elaboration of style, the epigram is difficult in any language; that Owen mastered it in a language other than his own attests to his immense talent. Owen's small treasures go directly to the core: ""At your coming into the world, you ...

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