Two things I have learned from Canto Seventeen…

of Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata:

I have successfully internalised the British claiming of Roman history (I found myself momentarily surprised that a line of Italian medieval kings and queens followed the catalogue of Latin ones. )

and

Epic catalogues make me sleepy.

Three more cantos left!

21 June 2009 ~ St. Catharines

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2 thoughts on “Two things I have learned from Canto Seventeen…

  1. Making one sleepy is not quite the same as boring. Maybe it was the translation (Of Homer, not Tasso. The Tasso translation is quite good). Though, I confess, I skimmed some of Milton’s catalogues, and the translation excuse doesn’t work there).

    I’ve never read the Iliad in poetry, so when you take it on again, I may consider tagging along. Lattimore ed.?

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