When I went to work I had nothing but my own Greek in my own hand before me to try to match with English in the blank lines underneath the Greek.
More Quotes from Robert Fitzgerald:I would then go on to say that Homer, as we now know, was working in what they call an oral tradition.
The heart of the matter seems to me to be the direct interaction between one's making a poem in English and a poem in the language that one understands and values. I don't see how you can do it otherwise.
Now, the language that had grown up and formed itself on those principles is what one is dealing with, and the problem is to bring a work of art in that medium into another medium formed on different principles and heard and understood in a different way.
After leaving college and while working on a newspaper and then on a magazine in New York, I wanted not to lose what Greek I had acquired.
I think it was lucky that during most of the work on the Odyssey I lived on Homer's sea in houses that were, in one case, shaken by the impact of the Mediterranean winter storms on the rocks below.
I think that everyone who took part has always been grateful for it.
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That was really so upsetting when you are trying to pass on some very serious knowledge and be basically, treated worse than a student coming off the street because his father pays the tuition. Come on. Give me a break. This is no school. This is a joke.