By Harry Eyres
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."
Read Online or Download Horace and Me: Life Lessons from an Ancient Poet PDF
Similar literary criticism books
In August 1919, a construction of James Joyce’s Exiles was once fastened on the Munich Schauspielhaus and quick fell as a result of harsh feedback. The reception marked the start of a dynamic organization among Joyce, German-language writers, and literary critics. it's this courting that Robert Weninger analyzes within the German Joyce.
A brand new and encyclopedic imaginative and prescient of recent German literary, highbrow and social historical past, accomplished during the optic of discourse research, psychoanalysis, and semiotic concept, analyzed in a spirit of playfulness and impudent precision.
Extraordinary educational identify, selection magazine
This e-book confronts common assumptions approximately lyric as a literary mode, exploring such themes as its dating to its audiences, the influence of fabric stipulations of creation and different cultural pressures, lyric's negotiations of gender, and the interactions and tensions among lyric and narrative.
Offering clean views on significant texts of the period—from Wyatt's "My lute awake" to Milton's Nativity Ode—as good as poems via lesser-known figures, Heather Dubrow extends her serious conclusions to poetry in different historic sessions and to the connection among inventive writers and critics, recommending new instructions for the examine of lyric and style. large in scope, The demanding situations of Orpheus will curiosity scholars and students throughout quite a number old fields.
"Thorough, penetrating, and at the leading edge of up to date scholarship. crucial. "— Choice
"A precious and specific examine. Dubrow is mainly reliable at analysing the connection among gender and style. "— instances Literary Supplement
"Dubrow accomplishes a lot during this pioneering examine. "— experiences in English Literature
"Her learn exemplifies an incredible of expert and sensible shut studying that you'll be able to purely desire will end up as infectious as its writer needs it to be. "— glossy Language Review
"Represents either a wide-ranging exploration of lyric poetry within the early sleek interval and a plea for students to stress multivalent principles and inclusive taxonomies over hierarchical and sharply argumentative ways. "— Year's paintings in English reviews
Garcia Lorca on the fringe of Surrealism: The Aesthetics of suffering examines the differences of surrealism and surrealist theories within the Spanish context, studied throughout the poetry, drama, and drawings of Federico Garcia Lorca (1898 1936). unlike the idealist and unconscious tenets espoused through surrealist chief Andre Breton, which specialise in the tremendous, automated inventive techniques, and sublimated depictions of fact, Lorca s surrealist impulse follows a trajectory extra based on the theories of French intellectuals equivalent to Georges Bataille (1897 1962), who used to be expulsed from Breton s authoritative staff.
- Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments
- Science Fiction: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed)
- Magic(al) Realism (The New Critical Idiom)
- Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews
- William Blake: His Philosophy and Symbols
Additional resources for Horace and Me: Life Lessons from an Ancient Poet
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?
Horace and Me: Life Lessons from an Ancient Poet by Harry Eyres