Voices of the Trojan War

by Kate Hovey and Leonid Gore

Kate Hovey uses quotes from classic works about the Trojan War as epigraphs to individual... read more

Kate Hovey uses quotes from classic works about the Trojan War as epigraphs to individual poems in many voices that retell the story of Troy in an accessible, affecting, and engaging narrative. Hovey launches her verse with carefully selected passages from The Aenid by Virgil, The Illiad by Homer, Agamemnon by Aeschlyus, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and other works. Her own poems use a variety of formal structures, but they never get in the way of her easy-to-follow narrative line. She projects multiple perspectives on the battle and ultimate defeat of Troy, stressing the poignancy, irony and tragedy of the story. (Ages 13–18)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2005

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