Drama

The Burial at Thebes

A Version of Sophocles' Antigone

Author: Sophocles

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466855487

Category: Drama

Page: 88

View: 2724

Sophocles' play, first staged in the fifth century B.C., stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security. During the War of the Seven Against Thebes, Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, learns that her brothers have killed each other, having been forced onto opposing sides of the battle. When Creon, king of Thebes, grants burial of one but not the "treacherous" other, Antigone defies his order, believing it her duty to bury all of her close kin. Enraged, Creon condemns her to death, and his soldiers wall her up in a tomb. While Creon eventually agrees to Antigone's release, it is too late: She takes her own life, initiating a tragic repetition of events in her family's history. In this outstanding new translation, commissioned by Ireland's renowned Abbey Theatre to commemorate its centenary, Seamus Heaney exposes the darkness and the humanity in Sophocles' masterpiece, and inks it with his own modern and masterly touch.
Greek drama (Tragedy)

...Antigone

Author: Sophocles

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Greek drama (Tragedy)

Page: 56

View: 4950

Poetry

Electric Light

Poems

Author: Seamus Heaney

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466855525

Category: Poetry

Page: 144

View: 6017

A powerful new collection by the bestselling translator of Beowulf. In the finland of perch, the fenland of alder, on air That is water, on carpets of Bann stream, on hold In the everything flows and steady go of the world. --from "Perch" Seamus Heaney's new collection travels widely in time and space, visiting the sites of the classical world and revisiting the poet's childhood: rural electrification and the light of ancient evenings are reconciled within the orbit of a single lifetime. This is a book about origins (not least, the origins of words) and oracles: the places where things start from, the ground of understanding -- whether in Arcadia or Anahorish, the sanctuary at Epidaurus or the Bann valley in County Derry. Electric Light ranges from short takes to conversation poems. The pre-Socratic wisdom that everything flows is held in tension with the elegizing of friends and fellow poets. These gifts of recollection renew the poet's calling to assign things their proper names; once again Heaney can be heard extending his word hoard and roll call in this, his eleventh collection.
Drama

The Three Theban Plays

Author: Sophocles

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140444254

Category: Drama

Page: 430

View: 5516

Detailed notes accompany modern translations of the stories of Oedipus, a king who is unable to escape his tragic fate and ends his days in exile
Poetry

One Thousand Things Worth Knowing

Poems

Author: Paul Muldoon

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374713642

Category: Poetry

Page: 128

View: 8120

Another wild, expansive collection from the eternally surprising Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Smuggling diesel; Ben-Hur (the movie, yes, but also Lew Wallace's original book, and Seosamh Mac Grianna's Gaelic translation); a real trip to Havana; an imaginary trip to the Château d'If: Paul Muldoon's newest collection of poems, his twelfth, is exceptionally wide-ranging in its subject matter—as we've come to expect from this master of self-reinvention. He can be somber or quick-witted—often within the same poem: The mournful refrain of "Cuthbert and the Otters" is "I cannot thole the thought of Seamus Heaney dead," but that doesn't stop Muldoon from quipping that the ancient Danes "are already dyeing everything beige / In anticipation, perhaps, of the carpet and mustard factories." If this masterful, multifarious collection does have a theme, it is watchfulness. "War is to wealth as performance is to appraisal," he warns in "Recalculating." And "Source is to leak as Ireland is to debt." Heedful, hard-won, head-turning, heartfelt, these poems attempt to bring scrutiny to bear on everything, including scrutiny itself. One Thousand Things Worth Knowing confirms Nick Laird's assessment, in The New York Review of Books, that Muldoon is "the most formally ambitious and technically innovative of modern poets," an experimenter and craftsman who "writes poems like no one else."
Drama

Sophocles' Antigone

Author: N.A

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780936839257

Category: Drama

Page: 64

View: 3858

(Applause Books). Sophocles, Holderlin, Brecht, Malina four major figures in the world's theatre have all left their imprint on this remarkable dramatic text. Friedrich Holderlin translated Sophocles into German, Brecht adapted Holderlin, and now Judith Malina has rendered Brecht's version into a stunning English incarnation. Available for the first time in English.
Drama

Antigones

Author: George Steiner

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300069150

Category: Drama

Page: 316

View: 3969

According to Greek legend, Antigone, the daughter of Oedipus, secretly buried her brother in defiance of the order of Creon, king of Thebes. Sentenced to death by Creon, she forestalled him by committing suicide. The theme of the conflict between Antigone and Creon - between the state and the individual, between man and woman, between young and old - has captured the Western imagination for more than 2000 years. George Steiner here examines the far-reaching legacy of this great classical myth. He considers its treatment in Western art, literature, and thought - in drama, poetry, prose, philosophic discourse, political tracts, opera, ballet, film, and even the plastic arts. A study in poetics and in the philosophy of reading, Antigones leads us to look again at the influence the Greek myths exercise on twentieth-century culture.
Drama

Oedipus the King

Author: Sophocles

Publisher: Charles River Editors via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1518334857

Category: Drama

Page: 56

View: 4557

Skyros Publishing is dedicated to reproducing the finest books ever written and letting readers of all ages experience a classic for the first time or revisit a past favorite. Oedipus the King, a tragedy written by Sophocles, is chronologically the first play of the classic Oedipus Rex trilogy.
Children's stories

The Story of Antigone

Author: Ali Smith,Sophocles (CRT)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781782690894

Category: Children's stories

Page: 100

View: 7503

The crow crossed the sky, slow-beating her wings. Beat, beat, beat. It was night, not yet morning, and her feathers were so black that she coasted the air invisible above the city wall. Thus begins Ali Smith's masterful retelling of Sophocles' tragedy about a young Theban princess, who decides to bury her dishonoured brother Polynices against King Creon's express orders - with heart-breaking consequences. Vividly told and wonderfully illustrated, Smith's Antigone is the perfect introduction to Greek tragedy for any reader, young or old.
Drama

Recapturing Sophocles' Antigone

Author: William Blake Tyrrell,Larry J. Bennett

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1461641845

Category: Drama

Page: 192

View: 5280

In this book, Wm. Blake Tyrrell and Larry J. Bennett examine Sophocles' Antigone in the context of its setting in fifth-century Athens. The authors attempt to create an interpretive environment that is true to the issues and interests of fifth-century Athenians, as opposed to those of modern scholars and philosophers. As they contextualize the play in the dynamics of ancient Athens, the authors discuss the text of the Antigone in light of recent developments in the study of Greek antiquity and tragedy, and they turn to modern Greek rituals of lamentation for suggestive analogies. The result is a compelling book which opens new insights to the text, challenges the validity of old problems, and eases difficulties in its interpretation.
Drama

The Cure at Troy

A Version of Sophocles' Philoctetes

Author: Seamus Heaney

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466864052

Category: Drama

Page: 96

View: 8477

The Cure at Troy is Seamus Heaney's version of Sophocles' Philoctetes. Written in the fifth century BC, this play concerns the predicament of the outcast hero, Philoctetes, whom the Greeks marooned on the island of Lemnos and forgot about until the closing stages of the Siege of Troy. Abandoned because of a wounded foot, Philoctetes nevertheless possesses an invincible bow without which the Greeks cannot win the Trojan War. They are forced to return to Lemnos and seek out Philoctetes' support in a drama that explores the conflict between personal integrity and political expediency. Heaney's version of Philoctetes is a fast-paced, brilliant work ideally suited to the stage. Heaney holds on to the majesty of the Greek original, but manages to give his verse the flavor of Irish speech and context.
Poetry

Antigonick

Author: Anne Carson

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 0811222934

Category: Poetry

Page: 51

View: 6218

An illustrated new translation of Sophokles’ Antigone. Anne Carson has published translations of the ancient Greek poets Sappho, Simonides, Aiskhylos, Sophokles and Euripides. Antigonick is her seminal work. Sophokles’ luminous and disturbing tragedy is here given an entirely fresh language and presentation. This paperback edition includes a new preface by the author, “Dear Antigone.”
Drama

Oedipus at Colonus

Author: Sophocles,David Mulroy

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 0299302547

Category: Drama

Page: 100

View: 2173

Oedipus at Colonus follows Oedipus Rex and Antigone in the trilogy of Greek dramas about the king of Thebes and his unhappy family. David Mulroy's translation combines scrupulous scholarship and textual accuracy with a fresh verse style, and his introduction and notes deepen the reader's understanding of the play and the politics of Sophocles' Athens.
Drama

Sophocles' Antigone

a new version

Author: Brendan Kennelly,Sophocles

Publisher: Dufour Editions

ISBN: 9781852243647

Category: Drama

Page: 63

View: 1256

"Brendan Kennelly's new version...is probably the most substantial Irish drama since W. B. Yeats was writing ....This is, Of course, a political tragedy. Antigone, In deciding to bury her disgraced dead brother, Is playing true To The laws of the god
Literary Criticism

Theban Plays

Author: Sophocles,Peter Meineck,Paul Woodruff

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 9780872205857

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 2505

This powerful new rendering of the plays of the Theban cycle includes, in addition to the translators' celebrated Oedipus Tyrannus, annotated new translations of Antigone and Oedipus at Colonus. Peter Meineck is Producing Artistic Director of The Aquila Theatre Co, Visiting Scholar at the Center for Ancient Studies, New York University and teacher of Greek Drama at the Tisch School for the Arts.
Education

Sophocles: Electra, Antigone, Philoctetes

Author: Sophocles

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 160

View: 2413

Offers three classical Greek tragedies by the famous dramatist
Literary Criticism

Sophocles: Antigone

Author: Douglas Cairns

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472512146

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

View: 3883

Antigone is Sophocles' masterpiece, a seminal influence on a wide range of theatrical, literary, and intellectual traditions. This volume sets the play in the contexts of its mythical background, its performance, its relation to contemporary culture and thought, and its rich reception history. But its main aim is to encourage first-hand engagement with the complexities of interpretation that make the play so enduringly thought-provoking and rewarding. Though Creon's actions prove disastrous and Antigone's are vindicated, the Antigone is no simple study in the excesses of tyranny or the virtues of heroic resistance, but a more nuanced exploration of conflicting views of right and wrong and of the conditions that constrain human beings' efforts to control their destinies and secure their happiness. The book's chapters consider the extent of the original audience's acquaintance with earlier versions of the legends of Antigone's family, the structure of the plot as it unfolds in theatrical performance, the presentation of the characters and the motivations that drive them, the major political, social, and ethical themes that the play raises, and the resonance of those themes in the ways that the play has been interpreted, adapted, performed, and appropriated in later periods.
Drama

Defender of the Faith

Author: Stuart Carolan

Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc

ISBN: 9780822222446

Category: Drama

Page: 55

View: 4291

THE STORY: In DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, Stuart Carolan's debut play, an IRA family living in rural Armagh, Ireland, in 1986 come apart under the immense strain put on them when an IRA interrogator visits determined to find the informer in their midst.
Poetry

Opened Ground

Selected Poems, 1966-1996

Author: Seamus Heaney

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466855703

Category: Poetry

Page: 512

View: 5271

As selected by the author, Opened Ground includes the essential work from Heaney's twelve previous books of poetry, as well as new sequences drawn from two of his landmark translations, The Cure at Troy and Sweeney Astray, and several previously uncollected poems. Heaney's voice is like no other--"by turns mythological and journalistic, rural and sophisticated, reminiscent and impatient, stern and yielding, curt and expansive" (Helen Vendler, The New Yorker)--and this is a one-volume testament to the musicality and precision of that voice. The book closes with Heaney's Nobel Lecture: "Crediting Poetry."
Political Science

Antigone, Interrupted

Author: Bonnie Honig

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107355648

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

View: 8149

Sophocles' Antigone is a touchstone in democratic, feminist and legal theory, and possibly the most commented upon play in the history of philosophy and political theory. Bonnie Honig's rereading of it therefore involves intervening in a host of literatures and unsettling many of their governing assumptions. Exploring the power of Antigone in a variety of political, cultural, and theoretical settings, Honig identifies the 'Antigone-effect' - which moves those who enlist Antigone for their politics from activism into lamentation. She argues that Antigone's own lamentations can be seen not just as signs of dissidence but rather as markers of a rival world view with its own sovereignty and vitality. Honig argues that the play does not offer simply a model for resistance politics or 'equal dignity in death', but a more positive politics of counter-sovereignty and solidarity which emphasizes equality in life.