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Missives from Periclean Athens: Poems on Classical Themes Jennifer Clarke

Missives from Periclean Athens: Poems on Classical Themes

Jennifer Clarke

Published December 30th 2012
ISBN : 9781480238466
Paperback
46 pages
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 About the Book 

Missives from Periclean Athens is a collection of poetry which uses classical myth as its source. The stories of Penthesilea, Danae, Iphigenia, Electra, Clytemnestra and Eurydice are seen in a new light and from a different angle. The fate ofMoreMissives from Periclean Athens is a collection of poetry which uses classical myth as its source. The stories of Penthesilea, Danae, Iphigenia, Electra, Clytemnestra and Eurydice are seen in a new light and from a different angle. The fate of Penthesilea is found seriously wanting in likelihood and Danaes story is seen as one long misunderstanding. Meanwhile, Clytemnestra is not only tangled with the Furies but the Ancient Mariner, Electra is quite mad and Iphigenia annoyed to be in Aulis with nothing to do except worship Artemis. Eurydice is lost in Kings Cross and Opheus is hunting for her with his dog and his guitar - and his dog likes sticks. Helen hasnt gone to Troy at all, but found herself in Egypt listening to a pharoahs stories, and from somewhere Ozymandius has turned up deposited in the British Museum - or at least in some museum! Not that he is Greek, but its all Greek to him anyway! Semele is incandescent and Diana is absolutely sure she is Delia in an English wood, or Artemis about to kill Actaeon - or maybe shes just the moon and infecting everyone else with madness. There are original photographs and artwork by Jennifer Clarke and James W. Clarke accompanying the poems.