By Simon Armitage

Initially commissioned for BBC Radio, Simon Armitage recasts Homer's epic as a sequence of dramatic dialogues. His model bristles with the financial system, wit and guile that we've got come to count on from the most person voices of his iteration.

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With two windows, a door in-between, And an icon lamp always alight, Like a dark heart the icon will gleam With a scarlet-red fire inside. ” Now alone we are wandering free, With our feet in the blue surf below. 1911 Сад Он весь сверкает и хрустит, Обледенелый сад. Ушедший от меня грустит, Но нет пути назад. И солнца бледный тусклый лик — Лишь круглое окно; Я тайно знаю, чей двойник Приник к нему давно. Здесь мой покой навеки взят Предчувствием беды, Сквозь тонкий лед еще сквозят Вчерашние следы.

My hands grew cold in the downy muff. I felt scared, confused and wary. How can I bring back his love - Those weeks, so transient and airy! I want no vengeance or bitter grief, Let me die with the blizzard’s last blitz. I cast fortunes about him on Epiphany Eve. In January, I was still his. Spring 1911 Tsarskoe Selo *** Дверь полуоткрыта, Веют липы сладко… На столе забыты Хлыстик и перчатка. Круг от лампы жетлый… Шорохам внимаю. Отчего ушел ты? Я не понимаю… Радостно и ясно Завтра будет утро.

9 ноября 1910 Киев He loved… He loved three things in this world: Evensong, peacocks of white, And old tattered maps of America. He despised it when little kids bawled, Hated tea with preserves, and disliked Women acting hysterical. … And I was his wife. November 9, 1910 Kiev *** Сегодня мне письма не принесли: Забыл он написать или уехал; Весна как трель серебряного смеха, Качаются в заливе корабли.

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