Autumn 1951 • Vol. XIII No. 4 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 1951 |

Naturalized Virgil, Alien Greeks

The Aeneid of Virgil translated by Rolfe Humphries. Scribners. $3.50. Greek Poetry for Everyman translated by F. L. Lucas. Macmillan. $3.50. It is possible to love Rolfe Humphries' Aeneid as no lifeless thing can be loved. Other conscientious and some gifted translators have tried to preserve the Aeneid for Latinless generations and have failed, because Virgil's essential quality is lyric and therefore incapable of translation. It is something of a paradox that Humphries, who far surpasses recent rivals in lyric power, should have achieved his success by attending chiefly to the story, which he endows with fresh vitality and power. His translation is not only a successful poem but a pious service to literature, for no poet of comparable stature has remained so inaccessible as Virgil. Any modern apprehension of Virgil is inevitably conditioned by the fact of Homer, and therefore also by the relative susceptibility of Homer and Virgil to translation. It was the discovery o

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