WorldCat Identities

Ferry, David 1924-

Overview
Works: 38 works in 85 publications in 2 languages and 5,301 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Epic poetry  Legends  Epic poetry, Latin  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Didactic poetry, Latin  History  Parodies, imitations, etc  Satirical literature  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Translator, Narrator
Classifications: PA6807.A5, 873.01
Publication Timeline
.
Most widely held works about David Ferry
 
Most widely held works by David Ferry
The limits of mortality; an essay on Wordsworth's major poems by David Ferry( Book )

15 editions published between 1959 and 1978 in English and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gilgamesh : a new rendering in English verse by David Ferry( Book )

6 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 851 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
Bewilderment : new poems and translations by David Ferry( Book )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 831 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
On the way to the island; [poems by David Ferry( Book )

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

The Aeneid by Virgil( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 495 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."--Dust jacket
The eclogues of Virgil : a translation by Virgil( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 460 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 georgics of Virgil : a translation by Virgil( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 271 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."
Dwelling places : poems and translations by David Ferry( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Painting without a brush by David Ferry( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Odes and epodes by Horace( Book )

7 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The poetry of Horace (born 65 BC) is richly varied, its focus moving between public and private concerns, urban and rural settings, Stoic and Epicurean thought. This new Loeb Classical Library edition of the great Roman poet's Odes and Epodes boasts a faithful and fluid translation and reflects current scholarship." "Horace took pride in being the first Roman to write a body of lyric poetry. For models he turned to Greek lyric, especially to the poetry of Alcaeus, Sappho, and Pindar; but his poems are set in a Roman context. His four books of odes cover a wide range of moods and topics. Some are public poems, upholding the traditional values of courage, loyalty, and piety; and there are hymns to gods. But most of the odes are on private themes: chiding or advising friends; speaking about love and amorous situations, often amusingly. Horace's seventeen epodes, which he called iambi, were also an innovation for Roman literature. Like the odes they were inspired by a Greek model: the seventh century iambic poetry of Archilochus. Love and political concerns are frequent themes; the tone is only occasionally aggressive. "In his language he is triumphantly adventurous," Quintilian said of Horace; Niall Rudd's new translation reflects his different voices."--Jacket
Poems by David Ferry( Book )

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

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

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the way to the island. by David Ferry( Book )

5 editions published between 1960 and 1977 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It might be said that Mr. Ferry's harpsichord plays a single air; but it is a wholly delightful air, and he knows how to vary the pedals and chords so that one welcomes each variation. It is about love and beauty; secure, wise love, tender but not too demanding, effortless but deserved; accessible beauty, awesome but beneficent, cheering and precise. In unmitigated, intellectual charm lies Mr. Ferry's appeal. He knows how to be spare and evocative at the same time, how to reveal his own character without condemning ours. He employs plain words and familiar images; yet his tone is so easy, his lines so graceful, his control so exquisite that one can hardly help singing along with him. --The Minnesota Review
Strangers : a book of poems by David Ferry( Book )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vergil's Eclogues by Virgil( Book )

2 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vergil's classic pastoral poetry, skillfully translated into clear, contemporary English for American readers
The Aeneid of Virgil : a verse translation by Virgil( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 3 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
Spring poetry festival at Wesleyan : four poets: David Ferry, Samuel French Morse, Charles Olson, Hyam Plutzik( Book )

1 edition published in 1960 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The limits of mortality ; an essay on Wordsworth's major poems. Second printing by David Ferry( Book )

1 edition published in 1965 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The limits of mortality an essay on Wordsworth's major poems by David Ferry( Visual )

1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La pintura sin pincel by David Ferry( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in Spanish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
moreShow More Titles
fewerShow Fewer Titles
Audience Level
0
Audience Level
1
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.31 (from 0.20 for The Aeneid ... to 0.92 for The limits ...)

Gilgamesh : a new rendering in English verse
Covers
The eclogues of Virgil : a translationThe georgics of Virgil : a translationDwelling places : poems and translationsOdes and epodesStrangers : a book of poemsVergil's Eclogues
Alternative Names
Ferry, Dave (Journalist)

Ferry, David

Languages