May - Various projects3 May 2018
I am currently working on a verse translation of Racine's play Berenice, which staged for the court of Louis XIV uses material from Imperial Rome and the reign of Titus, creating an interesting counterpoint of two historical periods. It is perhaps Racine's most accessible play, quite modern in its approach (a tragedy where nobody dies) while classical in its treatment of the conflict between love and duty, the personal and the public life. I am also in the middle of translating a further selection of poetry by Verlaine, around 25 poems or so, written at various stages of his career. And I am also working on a short original essay on Romanticism, centred on the English poets, summarising some of the main elements of the Movement as it manifested itself in England, but with reference also to Goethe in Germany, and Chateaubriand in France.
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