Review of “The Shield of Achilles” (1952)


W. H. Auden (writer).

Read in 2022.

A clever modernist remake of the scene in The Iliad (ca. 700 BCE), book 18. Like Eliot in “Sweeney Among the Nightingales” (1920), Auden isn’t faithful to the original, but for the purpose of satire I think it’s justified.

References here: Modern utländsk lyrik (1975/1985).

text poetry