The Epistles of Horace

The Epistles of Horace My aim is to take familiar things and makePoetry of them and do it in such a wayThat it looks as if it was as easy as could beFor anybody to do it the power of makingA perfectly wonderful thing out o

  • Title: The Epistles of Horace
  • Author: Horace David Ferry
  • ISBN: 9780374528522
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Paperback
  • My aim is to take familiar things and makePoetry of them, and do it in such a wayThat it looks as if it was as easy as could beFor anybody to do it the power of makingA perfectly wonderful thing out of nothing much from The Art of Poetry When David Ferry s translation of The Odes of Horace appeared in 1997, Bernard Knox, writing in The New York Review of Books, caMy aim is to take familiar things and makePoetry of them, and do it in such a wayThat it looks as if it was as easy as could beFor anybody to do it the power of makingA perfectly wonderful thing out of nothing much from The Art of Poetry When David Ferry s translation of The Odes of Horace appeared in 1997, Bernard Knox, writing in The New York Review of Books, called it a Horace for our times Now Ferry has translated Horace s two books of Epistles, in which Horace perfected the conversational verse medium that gives his voice such dazzling immediacy, speaking in these letters with such directness, wit, and urgency to young writers, to friends, to his patron Maecenas, to Emperor Augustus himself It is the voice of a free man, talking about how to get along in a Roman world full of temptations, opportunities, and contingencies, and how to do so with one s integrity intact Horace s world, so unlike our own and yet so like it, comes to life in these poems And there are also the poems the famous Art of Poetry and others about the tasks and responsibilities of the writer truth to the demands of one s medium, fearless clear sighted self knowledge, and unillusioned, uncynical realism, joyfully recognizing the world for what it is.

    One thought on “The Epistles of Horace”

    1. Fra le speranze e gli affanni, fra ciò che temi o t'adira, fa conto che ogni giorno che vivi per te sia quello supremo: grato sopravverà, domani, l'ora in cui non avevi sperato "Epistole e Ars poetica" di Orazio è un regalo donatomi da un'amica.Questa è il principale motivo del perchè io mi sia cimentato in un'opera latina, non proprio il mio principale campo di lettura.Al contrario degli iniziali dubbi e tentennamenti, la lettura delle 22 epistole si è rivelata un'esperienza estremamente [...]

    2. Il 'primo libro' è abbastanza interessante, tratta di varie lettere che Orazio scrive a vari destinatari. E' interessante da notare che dalle sue lettere traspare un mondo dell'antichità non molto differente da quello attuale.Il 'secondo libro' è noioso.

    3. David Ferry does very approachable translations, and this one is a fun, quick read. It's a collection of Horace's letters to his friends. He doles out a lot of advice, and it's solid advice--if he published this book today, it would be under self-help, although a very poetic self-help. It's self-help in the best sense--it's about improved living. Horace had a sense of humor, and was a good time guy, too--I especially like his letter "To Torquatus" about the virtues of alcohol. A satisfying part [...]

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