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Een forced onto opposing sides of the battle When Creon king of Thebes grants burial of one but not the treacherous other Antigone defies his order believing it her duty to bury all of her close kin Enraged Creon condemns her to death and his soldiers wall her up in a tomb While Creon eventually agrees to Antigone's release it is too. read in conjunction with my second readthrough of Kamila Shamsie's Home Fire More later when I post about Shamsie's novel hopefully this coming week

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The Burial at ThebesLate She takes her own life initiating a tragic repetition of events in her family's historyIn this outstanding new translation commissioned by Ireland's renowned Abbey Theatre to commemorate its centenary Seamus Heaney exposes the darkness and the humanity in Sophocles' masterpiece and inks it with his own modern and masterly touch. Versions as opposed to translations are becoming uite common They seem to have two virtues allowing contemporary writers to attempt the classics without having to be fluent in the source language and providing extra license to creatively explore the story Heaney has now twice taken on Sophocles tragedies Both have been excellent re renderings though I’d give The Cure at Troy the overall edge The language in The Burial at Thebes reminds me of Heaney’s earliest poetry collections Death of a Naturalist and Door into the Dark crisp lines with simple unadorned words and phrases He doesn’t stretch for power or beauty nor does he employ any tricks to make the work relevant—no contemporary interjections of cultural references or use of anachronistic elements the stage directions make no references to any time or place so it is ancient Thebes nor does he us any emblematic phrase making slogans or specific contemporary phrases The plain spoken English employed here Be easy with him sir Allow a youngest son to say his say He’ll be beyond himself He’ll have gone wild He’ll know his father doomed his bride to death has a timelessness to it so when Heaney does intentionally connect the drama to contemporary events the point is made powerfully but inobtrusively For example it is clear as you read the play and the after note makes it explicit that Heaney had George W Bush’s rhetoric and stance in mind as he considered Creon The phrase if you are not with us you are against us may not appear then again it may—I thought it did but couldn’t find it when I looked back for it but the sensibility governs Creon’s language and actions He confuses himself with the state the state with justice and policy with unrelenting necessity The Burial at Thebes is a masterfully understated rendering that allows the ample drama in the clash of inflexible wills to carry the day

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review The Burial at Thebes Ö eBook or Kindle ePUB É Sophocles' play first staged in the fifth century BC stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security During the War of the Seven Against Thebes Antigone the daughter of Oedipus Sophocles' play first staged in the fifth century BC stands as a timely exploration of the conflict between those who affirm the individual's human rights and those who must protect the state's security During the War of the Seven Against Thebes Antigone the daughter of Oedipus learns that her brothers have killed each other having b. There are some interesting elements Heaney incorporated to bring the ancient and the modern together While the overall structure and technicality follow that of Sophocles with concepts like parodos episodes rhesis stichomythia and so on there are also different registers of the language used The chorus is that of an ancient Greek play with rhythm to be sung or danced and Creon's speech is in the iambic meter whereas the Guard's speech is for example in collouial English Heaney pulls this off masterfully helping to keep the modern reader grounded in the play and the effect of such exchanges between characters while sometimes borders on the comic generally make the play accessible and enhance a sense of immediacy to the actionA most enjoyable read