Alice Oswald: Death Was Already Walking to Meet Them
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Alice Oswald re-imagines the world of Homer’s Iliad in her heartbreaking new book-length oral poem, Memorial, and here she performs the piece in its entirety. Oswald explains that her modern translation treats the Iliad as ‘an attempt – in the aftermath of the Trojan War – to remember people’s names and lives without the use of writing.’ This is a poem that speaks of the human tragedy of all wars. Part of Edinburgh International Book Festival
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