Herbert Mason. Houghton Mifflin, Herbert Mason Limited preview – Gilgamesh: a verse narrative, Volume , Part 2. Snippet view – Herbert Mason’s best-selling Gilgamesh is the most widely read and enduring interpretation of this ancient Babylonian epic. One of the oldest and most universal. Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative. Herbert Mason. Mariner Books []. Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse. David Ferry. Farrar, Straus and.

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Gilgamesh is, After reading several excerpts and a bunch of commentary for my classes, I thought it was probably time to read the Epic of Gilgamesh in its entirety at least as far as that is possible. The same thing happens with loss narrayive grief, and the story comes out being very touching and almost tragic. He lives in Phillipston, Massachusetts.

herrbert The Epic of Gilgamesh came up repeatedly in many of my Archaeology classes, I had a basic idea what it was about, but I never aa read it until I signed up for a Religious Studies class. It’s just not a genre that I usually enjoy that much. One of the interesting things about ebooks is the lack of a direct and immediate sensation of heft, and indirectly, length.

I chose to read the translation of the original epic itself that apparently inspired the author of this text, specifically the E.

Verae version is presented much as if it were a work of English poetry, with a three page introduction to Gilgamesh and seven pages of notes on translation choices. Feb 02, Caroline Mao rated it liked it Shelves: Jessi rated it liked it Jun 07, Jon rated it liked it Mar 14, The idea that one can narraive mistakes and repent for them, being mortal and vulnerable, is what connects leaders to those whom are supposed to be led.

Here is an example, from the beginning of the Great Flood. Common terms and phrases afraid Albert Lord aloud ancient animals awake Biblical bitumen boatman bring Bull of Heaven called cedar crave creatures cried darkness dead dream Enlil Epic of Gilgamesh Euphrates eyes face father fear felt flood forest friend Enkidu gate Gilgamesh A Verse Gilgamesh and Enkidu Gilgamesh epic Gilgamesh looked Gilgamesh sat Gilgamesh story goddess gods grief grieved hand Harvard heard heart human Ishtar journey killed Humbaba king knew known learned listened lived loneliness loss lost Louis Massignon marketplace Mashu Massignon Mesopotamia mountains never night Ninsun pain plant prostitute reached scholars Scorpion sea of death seemed Shamash shore Shurrupak Siduri sleep solitude someone sound speak spoke Steppe stones stood Sumerian tablets Tell things Thorkild Jacobsen thought tiredness told touch translation trees tried Urshanabi Uruk Utnapishtim Verse Narrative voice wept wife wisdom wound yearn.


It took friendship, time, experience, bravery, and humanity, but in the end, Gilgamesh proved himself to be a hero. All has forged together to form the ultimate realization that even though humans are not immortal, previous acts and legends of humankind are.

Mason’s verse translation lacks punctuation and coherent division into lines and paragraphs making this an often confusing read, in which the reader is not sure what is dialogue and who is, in fact, talking, at all. Pleasure Seemed to grow from fear for Gilgamesh, As when one comes upon a path in woods Unvisited by men, one is drawn near The lost and undiscovered in himself; He was revitalized by danger.

A finalist for the National Book Award, Mason’s retelling is at once a triumph of scholarship, a masterpiece of style, and a labor of love that grew out of herberrt poet’s long affinity with the original. Now in Gilgamesh we walk the path of Assyria’s precious birthplace and its cradle of humanity. On the 7th day he woke him up and tried to send him away. Lists with This Book.

I did find it an interesting story but here and there it would lose my focus. Come students let us imagine a treasure chest of the ancient lores of yesteryear. Brebner Limited preview – These are the thoughts of humanity, narratibe lessons we iglgamesh face and must master, although in our unique way. I had no idea that I was about to read such an incredible story of friendship and love and loss and becoming human.

Which brings us to our next Return to Book Page. But after realizing I probably should read it again for narrxtive grade’s sake, I found a This book astounds me.

Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative by Herbert Mason

I could “hear” the narrative in my head, a sign of good poetry. A Verse Giogamesh – buy from Amazon. Get Full Essay Get access to this section to get all the help you need with your essay and educational goals. The struggle of mortality, the fact that one could only attain power for so long, is greatly expressed within the story.


Gilgamesh: A Verse Narrative

To view it, click here. And so does Ferry: Christian Noah does become a raging alcoholic, so I do see the parallels emotionally. The poetry was lovely, but it was modern. After the prostitute taught Enkidu about human life, he decided that Gilgamesh was a bad king and he went to herbrrt him. But let’s highlight some things worth our time when investing in this narrative poem.

Sarahthouawesom rated it really liked it Oct 19, Dec 09, Kyla rated gilgajesh liked it Shelves: I was thus surprised to find that Gilgamesh’s story was quite brief and that within the book, was barely as long as the accompanying afterwards yes, plural and footnotes. The Poet’s Other Voice: I also enjoyed both the freer versions: This was the place the guardian demon guarded to frighten away the daring mortal who would venture there. Why is a soldier’s life but just grain of worth in such a teeny pebble of life?

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Open Preview See a Problem? Downloading text is forbidden on this website. They fight and then immediately become best friends. One of the oldest and most universal stories known in literature, the epic of Gilgamesh presents the grand, timeless themes of love and death, loss and reparations within the stirring tale of a hero-king and his doomed friend.

Herbert Mason’s from is “a subjective evocation” and David Ferry’s from is “not a translation but a transformation”. The gods If I could give this 3. A deadly silence spread through the sky and what had been bright now turned to darkness.