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Ferry, David 1924-

Overview
Works: 43 works in 162 publications in 3 languages and 7,900 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Epic poetry  Epic poetry, Latin  Legends  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Epistolary poetry  Laudatory poetry  Biography  Georgics  History 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Author of introduction, Actor, Librettist, Other
Classifications: PA6807.A5, 873.01
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about David Ferry
 
Most widely held works by David Ferry
Gilgamesh : a new rendering in English verse by David Ferry( Book )

14 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new verse rendering of the great epic of ancient Mesopotamia, one of the oldest works in Western Literature. Ferry makes Gilgamesh available in the kind of energetic and readable translation that Robert Fitzgerald and Richard Lattimore have provided for readers in their translations of Homer and Virgil
The limits of mortality; an essay on Wordsworth's major poems by David Ferry( Book )

30 editions published between 1959 and 1978 in English and held by 956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bewilderment : new poems and translations by David Ferry( Book )

3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 907 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To read David Ferry's Bewilderment is to be reminded that poetry of the highest order can be made by the subtlest of means. The passionate nature and originality of Ferry's prosodic daring works astonishing transformations that take your breath away. In poem after poem, his diction modulates beautifully between plainspoken high eloquence and colloquial vigor, making his distinctive speech one of the most interesting and ravishing achievements of the past half century. Ferry has fully realized both the potential for vocal expressiveness in his phrasing and the way his phrasing plays against--and with--his genius for metrical variation. His vocal phrasing thus becomes an amazingly flexible instrument of psychological and spiritual inquiry. Most poets write inside a very narrow range of experience and feeling, whether in free or metered verse. But Ferry's use of meter tends to enhance the colloquial nature of his writing, while giving him access to an immense variety of feeling. Sometimes that feeling is so powerful it's like witnessing a volcanologist taking measurements in the midst of an eruption. Ferry's translations, meanwhile, are amazingly acclimated English poems. Once his voice takes hold of them they are as bred in the bone as all his other work. And the translations in this book are vitally related to the original poems around them"--Provided by publisher
The odes of Horace by Horace( Book )

14 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and Latin and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new bilingual translation of the works of a Roman poet, with Latin and English versions on facing pages. In Discipline, one reads, "Sweet and proper it is to die for your country / But Death would just as soon come after him / Who runs away."
On the way to the island; [poems by David Ferry( Book )

3 editions published in 1960 in English and held by 519 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The eclogues of Virgil : a translation by Virgil( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Eclogues of Virgil gave definitive form to the pastoral mode, and these magically beautiful poems, so influential in so much subsequent literature, perhaps best exemplify what pastoral can do. These songs made a world; it is a world all the more beautiful for being vulnerable to the intrusions of power and of natural calamity and loss. A bilingual edition, The Eclogues of Virgil: a translation includes concise, informative notes and an introduction that describes the fundamental role of this deeply original book in the great pastoral tradition."--
The Aeneid by Virgil( Book )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This new translation brings Virgil's masterpiece newly to life for English-language readers. It's the first in centuries crafted by a translator who is first and foremost a poet, and it is a glorious thing. David Ferry has long been known as perhaps our greatest contemporary translator of Latin poetry, his translations of Virgil's Eclogues and Georgics having established themselves as much-admired standards. He brings to the Aeneid the same genius, rendering Virgil's formal metrical lines into an English that is familiar and alive. Yet in doing so, he surrenders none of the feel of the ancient world that resonates throughout the poem, and gives it the power that has drawn readers to it for centuries. In Ferry's hands, the Aeneid becomes once more a lively, dramatic poem of daring and adventure, of love and loss, of devotion and death. Never before have Virgil's twin gifts of poetic language and urgent, compelling storytelling been presented so powerfully for English-language readers. Ferry's Aeneid will be a landmark, a gift to longtime lovers of Virgil, and the perfect entry point for new readers."--Jacket
The epistles of Horace by Horace( Book )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and Latin and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of no country I know : new and selected poems and translations by David Ferry( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 389 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Represents David Ferry's poetry and his translations of other poems by Holderlin, Goethe, Montale, Catullus, a Babylonian hymn, Ronsard, Guillen, Baudelaire, Rilke, Goliardic, Gilgamesh, the odes of Horace, the eclogues of Virgil, and two epistles of Horace
The georgics of Virgil : a translation by Virgil( Book )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Newly translated by the poet and translator David Ferry, the Georgics is one of the great songs, maybe the greatest we have, of human accomplishment in difficult - and beautiful - circumstances, and in the context of all we share in nature."
Strangers : a book of poems by David Ferry( Book )

5 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

British literature by Hazelton Spencer( Book )

3 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

V. 1. Old English to 1800.--v. 2. 1800 to the present
Dwelling places : poems and translations by David Ferry( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He speaks : monologues for men( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wordsworth by F. W. H Myers( Book )

16 editions published between 1959 and 1973 in English and Catalan and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The publication in 1798 of Lyrical Ballads, written by William Wordsworth (1770-1850) and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, is considered to have launched the Romantic movement. Published in 1881 in the first series of 'English Men of Letters', this biography of Wordsworth by classical scholar and psychical researcher F. W. H. Myers (1843-1901) shows how Wordsworth's profound imagination and thought characterised and shaped his literary era. He discusses the influence of Wordsworth's upbringing and love for the natural world on works such as The Excursion, and The Prelude, which are said to have marked the transition from neoclassicism to Romanticism. Showing Wordsworth to be widely respected as 'so much besides a poet', Myers describes the circumstances in which Wordsworth accepted the Laureateship in 1843, an apparent surrender to 'the establishment' which poets such as Robert Browning regarded as a betrayal of his own earlier radical idealism
Plums & ashes by David Moolten( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dialogos : paired poems in translation by George Kalogeris( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On this side of the river : selected poems by David Ferry( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A letter and some photographs : a group of poems by David Ferry( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems by David Ferry( Book )

1 edition published in 1960 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Gilgamesh : a new rendering in English verse
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The odes of HoraceThe eclogues of Virgil : a translationThe epistles of HoraceOf no country I know : new and selected poems and translationsThe georgics of Virgil : a translationStrangers : a book of poemsDwelling places : poems and translationsHe speaks : monologues for men
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English (127)

Latin (2)

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