Thursday, December 14, 2006

Dayum, no wonder Statius was ranked with Ovid and Virgil.

Of course it's so hard to tell what of this is due to Statius and what is due to the translator; so much hinges on a good translation. This translation, by Charles Stanely Ross, is really excellent. It's iambic pentameter; no strict rhyme scheme but there is some effort to rhyme or have near-rhymes on occasion.

This is very good.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Having to turn in my portfolio made me realize that I've actually produced a fair amount of writing; I've been overwhelmed class-wise, and feeling that I didn't have as much time to write as I wanted.

Another issue is that I've been writing a lot of prose, which is all well and good except that I can't workshop it.

Today was the last day of my Chaucer class, which was excellent; I still have to finish my poem for that class.

I am starting the Thebaid, by Statius (translated by Charles Stanely Ross).