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KIRKUS REVIEW

A spirited translation of Virgil's epic poem by the American poet. Mr. Humphries gleefully admits taking liberties with the text -- omitting some allusions and proper names, transposing lines and ""substituting general for specific, specific for general"". Students, scholars and those familiar with the delicate cadences of the Dryden version, for example, will be saddened and not a little shocked. However, for the young person not yet exposed to Virgil -- and where is one exposed today except for Latin IV and a great books course? -- the lively music of Mr. Humphries, verse and the vigorous rendering of the great story should have a direct appeal. Be prepared, however, for some surprises, as in the lines in which Neptune admonishes the winds -- ""You are going to pay for this! Get out of here!"" Mr. Humphries truly vitalizes the venerable lay- which is all to the good.

Publisher: Scribner