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by Lucretius,David R. Slavitt


De rerum natura (usually translated as On the Nature of Things) is a philosophical epic poem written by Lucretius in Latin around 55 BCE. The poem was lost during the Middle Ages, rediscovered in 1417.

De rerum natura (usually translated as On the Nature of Things) is a philosophical epic poem written by Lucretius in Latin around 55 BCE. The poem was lost during the Middle Ages, rediscovered in 1417, and first printed in 1473.

David R. Slavitt is the author of more than eighty books of poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and drama. But we are blessed to have David Slavitt's sonorous and inspired new hexameter version: DE RERUM NATURA: THE NATURE OF THINGS, done by University of California in 2008. The difference, I hope, is that between talking and singing," Slavitt says, and his version sings with a restrained richness of idiom and rhythm.

Lucretius, David R. Slavitt. This elegant new translation at last restores the poetry to one of the greatest and most influential poems in the Western tradition. De Rerum Natura" is Lucretius' majestic elaboration of Greek Epicurean physics and psychology in an epic that unfolds over the course of six books.

Lucretius Carus, Titus; Munro, Hugh Andrew Johnstone, 1819-1885. pimslibrary; toronto.

The title of Lucretius’s work translates that of the chief work of Epicurus, Peri physeōs (On Nature) . In poetic diction and style he was in debt to the older Latin poets, especially to Quintus Ennius, the father of Roman poetry. He freely used alliteration and assonance, solemn and often metrically convenient archaic forms, and old constructions. poem De rerum natura (On the Nature of Things), praised Epicurus enthusiastically as the liberator of humankind from all religious fears; Epicurus himself affirmed that this had been one of the aims of his philosophy.

Lucretius, Of the Nature of Things. The first beginnings of things cannot be distinguished by the eye. ― Lucretius, de Rerum Natura, the Nature of Things: A Poetic Translation.

De rerum natura (Latin: ; On the Nature of Things) is a first-century BC didactic poem by the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius (c. .De Rerum Natura/ The Nature of Things: A Poetic Translation trans David R. University of California Press. 99 BC – c. 55 BC) with the goal of explaining Epicurean philosophy to a Roman audience.

Lucretius on the nature of things . Translated by. Cyril bailey. Lucretius then approached the problems of his age with a strongly-marked temper and a very decided bias. It was not sufficient for him 'ro take up, as did so many of his contemporaries, a position of sceptical indifference towards religion. It might be maintained rather more subtly that there is high poetic quality in the very exactness of the expres-sion of the intricate theories and abstruse arguments-a quality which is the more appreciated, the more we realize the genius with which almost every word in the poem is chosen to do precisely its own work and no more.

As I read De Rerum Natura, three distinct elements stood out to me-the poetry . First off, the poetry. On the Nature of Things.

First off, the poetry. While it is strange to the modern reader to read a book on science and philosophy in hexameter verse, the adjustment is made quickly and there is something compelling, rhythmic, and concise about this approach.

De Rerum Natura – On The Nature of Things. Since you are sole mistress of the nature of things, and without you nothing rises up into the divine light, and nothing grows to be glad or lovely, I ask that you help me in writing these verses on the nature of thing.For what follows, withdraw from other cares and employ true reasoning, with undistracted ears and keen mind, lest you abandon with disdain the gifts I set out for you before you understand them.

This elegant new translation at last restores the poetry to one of the greatest and most influential poems in the Western tradition. De Rerum Natura is Lucretius's majestic elaboration of Greek Epicurean physics and psychology in an epic that unfolds over the course of six books. This sumptuous account of a secular cosmos argues that the soul is mortal, that pleasure is the object of life, and that humanity has free will, among other ideas. Renowned author, translator, and poet David R. Slavitt has captured Lucretius's elegance as well as his philosophical profundity in this highly readable translation of a poem that is crucial to the history of ancient thought.
Mitynarit
Lucretius has survived mediocre translation--Martin Ferguson Smith's prose version was Greenblatt's first reading, William Ellery Leonard's in pentameter verse was mine--as well as translation by famous hands: Moliere (now lost), John Evelyn, John Dryden. But we are blessed to have David Slavitt's sonorous and inspired new hexameter version: DE RERUM NATURA: THE NATURE OF THINGS, done by University of California in 2008. "The difference, I hope, is that between talking and singing," Slavitt says, and his version sings with a restrained richness of idiom and rhythm. It allows us to read Lucretius's work not as a versified science lesson but as a true poem, and in his translation we hear, once again, poet meeting poet, and a masterwork rescued still again from the forgetting centuries.

Glenn Shea, from Glenn's Book Notes, at www.bookbarnniantic.com
Jogrnd
I didn't finish reading it but this book is the best translation for Lucretius's work. It does a great job of capturing the poetry of Lucretius with its format. Other books use a prose format, which make them difficult to read. David Slavitt's translation here, though, is very easy and enjoyable to read. Anyone casually interested in The Nature of Things should read this book, not any other boring translation.
De Rerum Natura (The Nature of Things): A Poetic Translation ebook
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Lucretius,David R. Slavitt
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