The Cure At Troy. Signed Copy – “And Hope and History Rhyme” (1991)
Author: Seamus Heaney
Book ID: 66938
The Cure At Troy. A Version of Sophocles’ Philoctetes. New York: F.S.G., 1991. First American Edition. Pp, 81. Neat ownership name to endpaper, otherwise a fine bright copy illustrated dust jacket.
Signed by Seamus Heaney on the title page.
Heaney’s version of Philoctetes, by Sophocles, the play written in the 5th Century B.C., set before us the predicament of the outcast hero, philoctetes, whom the Greeks marooned on the island Lemnos and forgot about until the closing stages of the Siege of Troy. The Greeks were forced to return to Lemnos and sue for Philoctetses’ support to win the Trojan War.
Heaney’s version is well known for its lines, quoted by Bill Clinton in his remarks to the community in Derry in 1995 during the Northern Ireland Peace Process:
“History says, Don’t hope On this side of the grave. But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave Of justice can rise up, And hope and history rhyme.”