Alexander Pope Iliad Translation

Year: 1720

Tags: free, verse

Alexander Pope's translation of the Iliad, published in 1720, presents a renowned and elegant rendering in heroic couplets, embellishing the epic with his own distinct poetic style.



Achilles' wrath, to Greece the direful spring
Of woes unnumbered, heavenly goddess, sing!
That wrath which hurled to Pluto's gloomy reign
The souls of mighty chiefs untimely slain;
Whose limbs, unburied on the naked shore,
Devouring dogs and hungry vultures tore.
Since great Achilles and Atrides strove,
Such was the sovereign doom, and such the will of Jove!


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