One should indeed read Pope with his notes available, in the Twickenham edition possibly, to see what a vast amount he did understand about Homer.
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What the translator - myself in particular - does is not comparable to what the Homeric performer was doing.
Is encouragement what the poet needs? Open question. Maybe he needs discouragement. In fact, quite a few of them need more discouragement, the most discouragement possible.
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Poetry is at least an elegance and at most a revelation.
The test of a given phrase would be Is it worthy to be immortal To ''make a beeline'' for something. That's worthy of being immortal and is immortal in English idiom. ''I guess I'll split'' is not going to be immortal and is excludable, therefore excluded.
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I think it's important to encourage gluttony in all its formats.
We moved leisurely towards Mount Foster, on the 22nd, and arrived opposite to it a little before sunset.
Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colorful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience.