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By Simone Weil, Rachel Bespaloff, Mary McCarthy (Translated by), Christopher Benfey (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781590171455
Published: NYRB Classics - March 31st, 2005

In honor of Poetry Month I would have selected the Iliad, one of the finest examples of Epic Poetry-history-geneaology-singing-dancing-and-the-"occasional"-death-scene. However, I'll go a bit off-script with two of the finest essays about the Iliad by two of the finest French philosophers of the 20th century: The Iliad, or the Poem of Force by Simone Weil and On the Iliad by Rachel Bespaloff. Both philosophers remind the modern reader why we all should re-think, re-imagine, and re-read this 2,000 plus year old piece of poetry.