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Ancient Myth and Philosophy in Peter Russell's "Agamemnon in Hades"

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By (author) Wolfgang Reisinger
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Aug 1996
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773441972
ISBN-13: 9780773441972
Barcode No: 9780773441972
Peter Russell - disciple of Ezra Pound wrote the poetic dialogue "Agamemnon in Hades" during the Easterdays of 1962, a time of crisis in the life of the poet. This study is an in-depth examination of a single volume of Russell's poetry and shows how the poet, while recounting the story of Agamemnon and his daughter Iphigenia, adds his own interpretation of the tragic events; and through a Jungian interpretation of the myths renders them both historical and contemporary, whereby the poet himself appears as an Agamemnon figure. The book investigates Latin and Greek literature and mythology in detail to establish the material with which the poet was working and presents the poet's philosophy of life as seen in the poetic dialogue and other poems.

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