Odyssey September 12, 2007Posted 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.