A Version of Homer's Iliad

Alice Oswald (Author)

With an Afterword by Eavan Boland


“The most remarkable and affecting book of poetry I encountered this year.”—James Wood, The New Yorker

In this daring new work, the poet Alice Oswald strips away the narrative of the Iliad—the anger of Achilles, the story of Helen—in favor of attending to its atmospheres: the extended similes that bring so much of the natural order into the poem and the corresponding litany of the war-dead, most of whom are little more than names but each of whom lives and dies unforgettably and unforgotten in the copious retrospect of Homer’s glance. The resulting poem is a war memorial and a profoundly responsive work that gives new voice to Homer’s level-voiced version of the world. Through a mix of narrative and musical repetition, the sequence becomes a meditation on the loss of human life.

Book Details

  • Hardcover, Rough Front - Edge: Deckle, Feather, Uncut
  • September 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-393-08867-0
  • 6 × 8.6 in / 112 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, but excluding the British Commonwealth and the European Union.

Other Formats

  1. Book CoverMemorial: A Version of Homer's Iliad


Endorsements & Reviews

“Remembering on a grand scale . . . with a freshness to match Homer’s own—as if each soldier had died on the day of writing.” — Observer

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  2. Book CoverA Sleepwalk on the Severn


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