All this week I've been posting about films and television series based on books. I figured I should end the week with movies made from poetry. Truthfully, I can't think of any, other than The Odyssey, Homer's poem, which have been filmed as major motion pictures. The 1954 movie, Ulysses [DVD ULY], starring Kirk Douglas, is based on The Odyssey, as is O Brother, Where Art Thou? starring George Clooney [DVD OBR]. They are rather "loosely based" on the epic. And speaking of "loosely based," there was The Simpson's episode in season 1 [DVD SIM]:
Everyone knows about Homer's (the poet's) work, but I wonder how many people have actually read the epic? I haven't--have you? So, for today, here's a little segment to pique your interest in reading more:
From The Odyssey of Homer, rendered into English Verse (Book XIII), translated by George Augustus Schomberg, published 1879.
We have copies of The Odyssey in various formats--books of verse, audiobooks, adaptations for children, and graphic novels.
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