Zeus dispenses with practicalities

Zeus dispenses with practicalities

Zeus here neatly rebuffs his daughter Athene’s requests. I like his suitably arch reaction, which puts all supplicants in their petty place, even gorgeous goddesses, allowing the god of gods to just hang out on Olympus undisturbed. ‘Child, I am God, Please do...
Of leaderless leadership

Of leaderless leadership

‘Leadership’ litters newspapers and networks such as LinkedIn, with people claiming to embody it, or vaunting the leadership of others. It’s perhaps one of the most over-hyped terms of our time, and rarely less convincingly than when combined with...
Hopelessly insane: Homer fans

Hopelessly insane: Homer fans

Here Christopher Logue highlights the sheer vital durability of Homer and the magnitude of such sustainability, kept alive through a hard core of ‘Unprofessional Ancient Greek Readers’. I don’t know if I qualify, since the UAGR could refer only to...
As distinct as…

As distinct as…

I like this geometric juxtaposition, though I might have made the distinction sharper: as distinct as circle and square?  As distinct as line and circle? ‘Distinct as polygon and square.’ Source: Christopher Logue, War Music: An account of Books 1-4 and...
The icy scabs of the earth

The icy scabs of the earth

A depiction of the north and south ice caps, as ‘icy scabs at either end of the earth’.  And then having them wince in their sleep as Achilles’ distant scream reaches them from its middling latitude.   ‘He lifts his face to 90; draws his...
Quiet in quiet rooms

Quiet in quiet rooms

A simple movement, settling back against a rope, evoking entire lives spent leaning into comfort and quiet, disengaging from din and adventure. ‘Elsewhere late afternoon goes lazily enough. And yawning as he leaves his tent To sigh and settle back against a rope...
Round as…

Round as…

Round as a moon isn’t surprising, but the addition of the spring, makes it richer and fuller and a more resonant metaphor. ‘His shield as round and rich as moons in spring.’   Source: Christopher Logue, War Music: An account of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of...
Stunt-hoop tambourines

Stunt-hoop tambourines

The timbre and beat of martial music as the Greek states gather behind Agamemnon for an almighty war.   ‘Immediately Wide-ruling Agamemnon’s voices called Greece to its feet, and set it on the move. And as they moved, To stunt-hoop tambourines and trumpet drums…’  ...
Clear-voiced heralds

Clear-voiced heralds

Logue’s vivid rendition of several episodes in the Iliad pulsates with fresh phrasing and is a trove of triologisms. Here, the Greeks are summoned to war. ‘No more talk. The King will arm. You lords will join the host, Answering our clear-voiced heralds as they call –...

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