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ON TRANSLATING HOMER: THREE LECTURES GIVEN AT OXFORD. MATTHEW ARNOLD, 1861.
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ON TRANSLATING HOMER

THREE L E C T U R E S
GIVEN AT OXFORD

MATTHEW ARNOLD, M.A.
PROFESSOR OF POETRY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, AND FORMERLY FELLOW OF ORIEL COLLEGE

1861

ON TRANSLATING HOMER.

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has more than once been suggested to me that Ishould translate Homer. That is a task for which I have neither the time nor the courage; but the suggestion led me to regard yet more closely a poet whom I had already long studied, and for one or two years the works of Homer were seldom out of my hands. The study of classical literature is probably on the decline; but, whatever may be the fate of this study in general, it is certain that asinstruction spreads and the number of readers increases, attention will be more and more directed to the poetry of Homer, not indeed as part of a classical course, but as the most important poetical monument existing. Even within the last ten years two fresh translations of the Iliad have appeared in England: one by a man of great ability and genuine learning, Professor Newman; the other by Mr....
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