By Harry Eyres
A clever and witty revival of the Roman poet who taught us how you can carpe diem
What is the price of the sturdy at a time whilst the hot is paramount? How will we fill the void created by way of the excesses of a superficial society? What assets will we muster whilst faced via the inevitability of loss of life? For the poet and critic Harry Eyres, we will start to resolution those questions by way of turning to an unforeseen resource: the Roman poet Horace, discredited at first of the 20 th century because the "smug consultant of imperialism," now most sensible remembered—if remembered—for the pithy directive "Carpe diem."
In Horace and Me: lifestyles classes from an old Poet, Eyres reexamines Horace's lifestyles, legacy, and verse. With a mild, lyrical contact (deployed in new, clean models of a few of Horace's most famed odes) and a willing serious 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'd are looking to think.
Eyres's research isn't just intriguing—he retranslates Horace's most famed word as "taste the day"—but enlivening. via Horace, Eyres meditates on the best way to dwell good, mounts a powerful case for the significance of poetry, and relates a relocating story of non-public discovery. via the top of this impressive trip, the reader too will think within the strength of Horace's "lovely phrases that pass on shining with their modest glow, like a hot and inextinguishable candle within the darkness."