The iliad or the poem of force french liliade ou le pome de la force is a 24 page essay written in 1939 by simone weil the essay is about homers epic poem the iliad and contains reflections on the conclusions one can draw from the epic regarding the nature of force in human affairs. Weil simone the iliad or the poem of force chicago review 182 1965 p5. The iliad or the poem of force e 1 the true hero the true subject matter the center of the iliad is force the force that men wield the force that subdues men in the face of which human flesh shrinks back. Written in 1940 in paris weils monograph on the iliad as a poem of force and power might well be read has an indirect response to the nazi occupation mary mccarthy translated it into english in 1956. The iliad or the poem of force was written in the summer and fall of 1940 after the fall of france it may thus be read as an indirect commentary on that tragic event which signalized the triumph of the most extreme modern expression of force
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