By Ian Hamilton
Ian Hamilton's final publication, released posthumously in 2002, is a generally amazing revisiting of the idea that of Samuel Johnson's vintage Lives of the English Poets, in which Hamilton considers forty five deceased poets of the 20 th century, supplying his own estimation of what claims they'll have on posterity and 'against oblivion.' Examples of every poet's verse accompany Hamilton's textual content, making the e-book either a provocative primer and one of those serious anthology.
'The affective strength of this book... lies in its understatement and its realizing of what we would care approximately. From a century of Manifestoes and hobbies, Hamilton works as a corrective for the neighborhood and particular... his suggestion of poetry, of what made greatness in poetry, emerges intact from each one measured sentence. His feedback regularly pointed you in the direction of all that he may well locate that was once real in a bit of writing.' - Tim Adams, Observer
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He will glorify me, for he will take from what is mine and expound it to you. 14 12. Rudolf Bultmann, The Gospel of John: A Commentary (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1971), 553–54. 13. ” As Brown points out (Gospel, 2:715), the two prepositions were used quite loosely around this time. 14. The word ἀναγγέλλειν, which occurs three times in this short passage, I have translated as “expound” (instead of the usual “declare”), because this is what it means in several contexts involving the explanation of a riddle or mystery.
Before turning to these, however, we may usefully consider three other passages that speak of the Spirit, the most remarkable of which (whose significance is generally lost in translation) comes in chapter 7, where the action takes place in the temple, on the feast of Tents or Tabernacles (a water feast): On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and proclaimed, “If any one thirst, let him come to me, and let him who believes in me drink. ’” Now he said this about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive; for as yet there was no 10.
Isocrates’ Evagoras is a funeral eulogy of Evagoras, king of Cyprus c. 411–374 bce. Xenophon’s Agesilaus gives an account of its subject’s life (king of Sparta 398–360 bce), followed by a systematic review of his virtues. Satyrus’s Euripides, extant only in fragments, recounted various episodes of the life of the Greek tragedian and concluded with his death. Nepos’s Atticus tells the story of the political career of Cicero’s 1. Richard A. Burridge, What Are the Gospels? A Comparison with Graeco-Roman Biography (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992), 99.
Against Oblivion: Some Lives of the Twentieth-century Poets by Ian Hamilton