Odes of Anacreon by MOORE, Thomas (1779-1852).

MOORE, Thomas (1779-1852).

Odes of Anacreon translated into English Verse, with notes. London, J. Carpenter, 1805.

Fifth Edition. Two volumes, 12mo (152 x 92 mm), engraved frontispiece to each volulme and pp. xv, 158; [ii], 146, slight offsetting towards end of volume two, in contemporary half red morocco over marbled boards, spines (faded) ruled and lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, spines gilt, with the manuscript booklabel of Josephine Steadman.

A popular verse translation of the Greek lyric poet Anacreon (ca. 570-485 B.C.) by Thomas Moore, an Irish poet best remembered for his best-selling poem The Minstrel Boy. Anacreon was born in Teos, an Ionian city on the coast of Asia Minor. He later moved to Samos and to Athens, where his patron was Hipparchus. His poetry, graceful and elegant, celebrates the joys of wine and love. Little of his verse survives. Anacreontics, poems in the style of Anacreon, were written from Hellenistic to late Byzantine times. This translation is Thomas Moore’s first published volume of verse, was hugely popular and holds a significant place in the genesis of Irish Romanicism.

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