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Poet and Translator


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  • English literature
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Robert Bagg: Poet and ..., 23 Feb 2012 [cached]
Robert Bagg: Poet and Translator of Euripides and Sophocles - Home
Poetry - Robert Bagg: Poems, Greek Plays, Essays, Novels, Memoir, 21 Mar 2007 [cached]
Robert Bagg: Poems, Greek Plays, Essays, Novels, Memoir
Bob Bagg.
Listen to the unadorned, unpretentious force with which he announces his mother's death in the collection's opening, and perhaps strongest piece, "Ostrakoi": "The morning Mother died, Dad walked me / through her roses: 'It's so unfair … Mom dying / at sixty-two.'" Such economy of language allows for the communication of complex emotion without the embarrassment of showy melodrama. (Another highlight is "The Closest Thing," the author's account of his brief brushes with Beat poets Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, a delicious treat for lovers of 20th-century literature.) Like a well-made shoe, Bagg's writing is comfortable,
Bagg seems desperate at times to make sure readers understand his encyclopedic mind, but readers will surely make the effort on their own.
Superb poetry from an established talent. Body Blows
"Bagg is an exceptional poet-capable de tout, as Cocteau says the poet should be. ...
"[T]his volume ... is distinguished by a number of arresting poems unlike any being written by Mr. Bagg's contemporaries, whatever their years may be.
Robert Bagg's is a slender but altogether valuable body of work."
... I ask Robert Bagg for more poems like 'Damp Cashmere.' ... As Henry Miller put it in The Time of the Assasins, 'we must find a new language in which one heart will speak to another without intermediation.'" Ted Kooser
"In Madonna of the Cello the young poet Robert Bagg has achieved a number of shorter narratives that are most exciting.
Robert ..., 1 Oct 2012 [cached]
Robert Bagg
Robert Bagg
Robert Bagg taught English at the University of Massachusetts from 1965 until 1996.
Azul Editions publishes Roque Dalton, Rugama, Siqueiros, Thoreau, Pablo Neruda..., 1 April 2009 [cached]
ROBERT BAGG is a University of Massachusetts Professor Emeritus of English, a poet, and a persistent translator of Greek Drama. His honors include a Prix de Rome, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Bellegio residency, and a National Book Award nomination.
Current Company | Mettawee River Theater Company, 28 Nov 2013 [cached]
Playwright: Robert Bagg
Robert Bagg and Ralph Lee collaborated on two productions, directed by Ralph, during their senior year in college in 1956-57.
Bagg continued to translate Greek drama, eight plays altogether, which have been staged in 65 productions on four continents. He contributed translations of Oedipus The King, Antigone, Oedipus at Kolonos, Elektra & Women of Trakhis to The Complete Plays Of Sophocles (Harper Perennial.
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