The context was a reference to other recent English translators of Ovid, praised at Hughes's expense by the classicist Bernard Knox in a recent issue of the New York Review of Books. Their renderings may be more correct but Hughes's Ovid, like Chapman's Homer and Dryden's Vergil, is a great poem in its own very readable right.
Chairman of the Judges, Whitbread Book of the Year,
Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies
University of Warwick