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Translating Homer's Odyssey into limericks

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Emily Wilson is the author of a new "lean, fleet-footed translation" of Homer's Odyssey that "recaptures Homer's 'nimble gallop.'" To celebrate the publication, Wilson has converted the Odyssey to an epic series of limericks ("A majestical goddess, Athena/swooped down from the sky -- you'd have seen her") that she's posted to Twitter. This is my favorite text-to-verse translation since Seth Schoen risked felony prosecution by converting the DVD-descrambling code to a series of haiku. There was a young man called Telemachus who was bullied and in a dilemma 'cause he missed his lost dad and his mom made him mad and he almost got killed by Eurymachus. A majestical goddess, Athena, swooped down from the sky -- you'd have seen her as some kind of bird ¬– when she gave the word, men's yearning for fighting got keener. A man who lived all on his own-some was invaded by someone called no-one, who gave him some wine and then made him blind so he called to his father, Poseidon. There was a young man called Telemachuswho was bullied and in a dilemma 'causehe missed his lost dadand his mom made him madand he almost got killed by Eurymachus.— Emily Nekyia Wilson (@EmilyRCWilson) October 9, 2019 (via Kottke) Read the rest

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