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The Iliad Comparing the Works of Fagles Lattimore and PopeRegardless of the subject matter a writers work always reflects something of the writer himself Although an author may attempt to remain completely objective and invisible to the reader something of his beliefs background education and biases inevitably permeates into the writing This phenomenon is even true with and especially evident in translations While the translator would ideally remain faithful to the original author and his text each individuals unique style perception and voice inextricably tinge the finished product This idea is clear in regards to the numerous translations of The Iliad Robert Fagles Alexander Pope and Richmond Lattimore each developed English versions of The Iliad which although based on the same work are undoubtedly distinctive In general it seems that Lattimores translation is the most authentic and true to the original in terms of word choice and placement However he seems to lose some of the poetic qualities of the piece Lattimores translation seems to be more for reading and are not as conducive to oral interpretation Pope is able to recapture some of the flow of Homers epic poetry While he takes more liberties with his translations he does so in order to capture some of the musical and rhythmic aspects of Homers work Pope believed that it was acceptable to diverge from the verbatim translation of the Iliad so that in the long run his translation would convey the same lyrical feeling of the originally oral work The translation of Fagles lies within these two extremes While he attempts to maintain accuracy in regards to the original text he also tries to preserve a certain poetic quality His writing is also more rapid and faster flowing than that of the other two translators It is interesting to note that Fagless translation is also the most recent written in 1996 His writing style is reflective of the conventions of the presentEven looking at a
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