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I love good writing. Samir's Critical Corner will have reviews on World Literature but you will also find reviews on various subjects like Mathematics or Tai Chi, and on specific niches like Nigerian writers.

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South Sea Tales (Oxford World's Classics)
Robert Louis Stevenson
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Review: The Burial at Thebes by Seamus Heaney

The Burial at Thebes: Sophocles’ Antigone - Seamus Heaney, Sophocles

I liked Heaney's version more than the original. There are some interesting elements Heaney incorporated to bring ancient and modern together. While the overall structure and technicality follows that of Sophocles, concepts like parodos, episodes, rhesis. stichomythia and so on, there is also different registers of language used. The chorus is that of an ancient Greek play with rhythm to be sung or danced, and Creon's speech is in the iambic meter, whereas the Guard's speech is, for example, in colloquial English. Heaney pulls this off masterfully helping to keep the modern reader grounded in the play and the effect of such exchanges between characters, while sometimes borders on the comic, generally makes the play both accessible and enhances a sense of immediacy to the action.

A most enjoyable read.


Samir Rawas Sarayji