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Odyssey September 12, 2007

Posted by Jeff in Books.

I read Allen Mandelbaum’s verse translation of this epic from Homer.  (D’oh!)

This was the first time I have read this since high school, and it was really great.  I don’t remember if we did a verse translation in high school or not, but this was really impressive – every line had 10 syllables, frequently rhyming, and very beautiful to read.

I started reading this to see how appropriate an adapted version might be for a kindergartener or first grader, as suggested in The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer.  This is one we will probably hold off on for now – there is so much of the story that involves the work of the Greek gods, and I think stuff like that is confusing for a little kid who is just learning a lot of the Bible stories, and I don’t want to mix the messages.



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