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October 16, 2020

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As a footnote: This poem came out of a conversation I had with Mike MacDonald (son of Dwight), who told me that it was his father who'd translated the Homeric Greek directly in Mary McCarthy's translation of Simone Weil's Iliad essay. I'd noticed how beautifully the translation (NOT one of the standard Homer translations of the time, nor directly from the French) supported Weil's argument. It was Dwight, of course, who first published McCarthy's English version in >politics<, the journal he edited.

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