Autumn 1957 • Vol. XIX No. 4 Book Reviews |

That Hard Sophoclean Light

Thomas H. Carter THAT HARD SOPHOCLEAN LIGHT WOMEN OF TRACHIS. By Sophokles. A Version by Ezra Pound. New Directions. $3.oo. IN his uscful but idolatrous initroduction to this book, NIr. S. V. Jan- kowski informs us that the original publication of Pound's Trachiniae caused a stir among the classical scholars of the English speaking world. I cannot believe, frankly, that this is so. First, at this late date, nobody-not even Professor Highet-is likely to be much scandalized by anything Pound may do (and, indeed, the Women of Trachis seems curiously dated). More- over, certain scholars-to whose feelings Mr. Eliot was still paying deference in 1948-were in the past unnecessarily outraged by the Homage to Sextus Propertius, which they mistakenly took for a translation. Hence one easily imagines their taking a cautionary view of Pound's latest excursion into classical studies: they know that the sacred text is perfectly safe, and that Pound's sins will find him out. Personally, however, I

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