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Book review: Aeneid Book VI by Seamus Heaney

By Charlotte Runcie   April 2016

Faber, £14.99heaney

Although primarily lauded for his original poems, the late Seamus Heaney—Nobel Prize winner, Oxford and Harvard professor, globally beloved poet—was also an enormously accomplished translator, particularly from ancient languages. Among his considerable achievements were a fresh and lyrical new version of Beowulf, and a rich interpretation of Robert Henryson’s The Testament of Cresseid.

Three years after his death, Faber and Heaney’s daughter Catherine are publishing his final translation: the haunting Book VI of Virgil’s Aeneid, the middle episode in which Aeneas journeys to the underworld in search of the shade of…

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