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ISBN: 0809325314Издательство: Southern Illinois University Press
Год издания: 2003
Book DescriptionTwo combatants, one ring, and a battle governed as much by determination and drive as by rules and referees: that?s boxing. Throughout its four-thousand-year history, this purest, most elemental form of athleticism has been memorialized through art and verse. Perfect in Their Art: Poems on Boxing from Homer to Ali spans the millennia to present more than one hundred of the finest pugilistic poems from both oral and written traditions, celebrating the lasting literary, historical, andcultural significance of boxing?s storied heritage. Editors Robert Hedin and Michael Waters pulled no punches in assembling the definitive poems and poets of the sport. Works by such classical poets as Homer, Virgil, and Pindar are gathered hereside-by-side for the first time with the poems of Lord Byron, William Makepeace Thackeray, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This provocative collection also features more recent literary heavyweights, including Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou,...