By Daryl Hine
Elegiac lyrics celebrating the affection of boys, which the translator phrases Puerilities, contain lots of the 12th publication of The Greek Anthology. That ebook, the so-called Musa Puerilis, is brilliantly translated during this, the 1st entire verse model in English. it's a pleasant eroticopia of brief poems through nice and lesser-known Greek poets, spanning countless numbers of years, from precedent days to the overdue Christian era.
The epigrams--wry, wistful, lighthearted, libidinous, and occasionally bawdy--revel within the attractiveness and fickle affection of boys and younger males and within the fleeting joys of older males in loving them. a few, no doubt bandied approximately within the lax and subtle atmosphere of banquets, are translated as limericks. additionally incorporated are a couple of tremendous and sometimes humorous poems approximately women and women.
Fashion alterations in morality in addition to in poetry. this kind of attachment that encouraged those verses was once thought of completely general and decent for over one thousand years. the various absolute best Greek poets--including Strato of Sardis, Theocritus, and Meleager of Gadara--are to be present in those pages. The greater than 200 fifty poems diversity from the stunning to the playful to the ribald, yet all are, as an epigram can be, polished and stylish. The Greek originals face the translations, bettering the volume's appeal.
A buddy of juvenile, i've got no early life in mind,
for every has beauties, of a unique kind.
i have had adequate to drink; my center and soul
in addition to tongue are wasting self-control.
The lamp flame bifurcates; I multiply
The dinner visitors by means of every time I try.
not just shaken up by way of the wine-waiter,
I ogle too the boy who pours the water.
Venus, denying Cupid is her son,
unearths in Antiochus a greater one.
this can be the boy to be enamored of,
Boys, a brand new love stronger to Love.
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Your success Will win you fame, not just as marksmen, but For the impressive weapons you possess. XLVI A SCL E PI A DE S Not twenty-two, yet I ﬁnd life a stiff Proposition. Why such hard attacks, You dizzy darlings? What would you do if I got hurt? Continue playing jacks? XLVI I M E L E AGE R An infant on his mother’s lap Love lay And in one morning diced my life away. 22 XLVI I I ME L E A G R OU Kei`mai: la;x ejpivbaine kat∆ aujcevno~, a[grie dai`mon. oijdav se, nai; ma; qeouv~, kai; baru;n o[nta fevrein: oijda kai; e[mpura tovxa.
LXVI I ANONYMOUS I don’t see pretty Dionysius— Zeus, for a new pot-boy did you snatch him? When with swift wings you bore the beauteous Lad off, I hope your talons did not scratch him! LXVI I I M E L E AG E R I don’t want Charidamus. He looks up To Zeus as if indeed he were his cupBearer. Why take the king of heaven for Successful sexual competitor? Sufﬁcient if, Olympus-bound, my sweet With my terrestrial tears will wash his feet In memory of my love—and add to this One melting glance, one superﬁcial kiss.
L A S CL E PI A DE S What’s wrong, Asclepiades? Drink, don’t weep! Not you alone does cruel Venus keep In thrall; not you alone is pungent lust Transﬁxing. Why lie panting in the dust? Drink unmixed wine. The east’s just touched with red; Let’s wait for its lamp to light our way to bed Once more. Poor, lovelorn wretch, drink deep: Short is the time before our long, long sleep. LI C A L L I M ACH U S Drinking to Diocles, don’t dilute The toast that I propose to honour his Beauty: and if you call that in dispute, I’ll be the one to say what beauty is!
Puerilities : erotic epigrams of The Greek anthology by Daryl Hine