Monday, May 21, 2007


Reading Homer

Richard John Cunliffe, A Lexicon of the Homeric Dialect (London: Blackie and Son Limited, 1924; rpt. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1963), p. viii:
Let a man once acquire the power to read Homer as he reads Spenser or Milton, and he will have a possession which he would change for no other, an unfailing source of solace and of the purest pleasure. Homer is like Shakespeare in this, that he cannot be exhausted, that the more he is read the more there is found, and that while the effects are more and more felt, the means by which they are got remain more and more mysterious.

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