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By Harry Eyres

ISBN-10: 0374172749

ISBN-13: 9780374172749

A clever and witty revival of the Roman poet who taught us the best way to carpe diem

What is the worth of the sturdy at a time whilst the hot is paramount? How can we fill the void created by way of the excesses of a superficial society? What assets do we muster whilst faced by means of the inevitability of dying? For the poet and critic Harry Eyres, we will start to solution those questions via turning to an unforeseen resource: the Roman poet Horace, discredited first and foremost of the 20 th century because the "smug consultant of imperialism," now top remembered—if remembered—for the pithy directive "Carpe diem."

In Horace and Me: existence classes from an historical Poet, Eyres reexamines Horace's lifestyles, legacy, and verse. With a gentle, lyrical contact (deployed in new, clean models of a few of Horace's most renowned odes) and a willing severe eye, Eyres unearths a full of life, suitable Horace, whose society—Rome on the sunrise of the empire—is even more just like our personal than we would are looking to think.

Eyres's learn isn't just intriguing—he retranslates Horace's most famed word as "taste the day"—but enlivening. via Horace, Eyres meditates on how one can stay good, mounts a resounding case for the significance of poetry, and relates a relocating story of private discovery. by means of the tip of this striking trip, the reader too will think within the energy of Horace's "lovely phrases that pass on shining with their modest glow, like a hot and inextinguishable candle within the darkness."

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The notion of poetry’s knowledge of itself suggests a shorthand for the knowledges of those who have invested in poetry. That consciousness privileged in relation to the process of poetry’s survival is waking, decisive and certainly, for all practical purposes, regards itself as superior to (at least able to stand above) those productions it sees itself as duty-bound to discriminate. It could at this point easily be argued that this position above is the canonic view and that it is imposed on literature, by its mediators, as a kind of wishful thinking; these mediators hoping to glorify themselves by association with that clarity and elevation of view, to which poetic imagination is entitled.

It is this, to hold the candle up to the album. (in Hoover, 1994: 177) Perhaps what is most unsettling in poetry’s potential is its role in keeping questions open, in unresolving, in (to reverse Kant’s aude sapere maxim) daring not to know. Nietzsche exhorts ‘we must not pester a poet with subtle interpretations, but should take pleasure in the uncertainty of his horizon, as if the road to various other thoughts were still open’ (1994: 125). As if the road were still open…poetry, as 50 Poetry, Consciousness, Community witness of and as exercise of consciousness in the practice of betweenness, is in a position to make a critical intervention in reality, which itself becomes of what we share.

But that’s just our simile. The character’s invented, his haste is make-believe, his news inhuman. (in Milosz, 1996: 68) As for Eliot’s idea that the bad poet is personal, David Antin devotes his work ‘a private occasion in a public place’ to a problematics of self-consciousness which draw us from such a conclusion: im doing what poets have done for a long time they’ve talked out of a private sense sometimes from a private need but theyve talked about it in a rather peculiar context for anybody to eavesdrop (in Hoover, 1994: 232) If we discard both the intentionalist fallacy and the view over poetry which canonic criticism cannot but claim; if we sacrifice, that is, the prospect of definitive judgement for its turns with ambivalence, what choice have we got but to commit the ontological sin of regarding poetry as constituting a consciousness in its own right?

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