By Richard Gaskin (auth.)
The lyric poems of Horace and Housman are enigmatic our bodies of labor that experience a lot in universal, and a detailed analyzing of every poet's writings can remove darkness from the other's. this is often the 1st e-book to supply an in depth, serious comparability among those poets, and in addition the 1st to use Housman's unpublished lectures on Horace.
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They are supported by Orelli (i, p. 282), and by the Oxford Latin Dictionary, which in its article on “nenia” construes the word in our passage as meaning simply song, strain. Against these authorities, Pöschl’s interpretation seems to me correct. 26 But what these facts entail is that the reader who comes to “Festo quid potius die,” having worked through the rest of the collection, will be expecting the word “nenia,” as it figures in that ode’s last line, to bear its usual sense, the sense it unambiguously had in its two previous occurrences in the Odes.
B. ”3 By contrast with the retrograde movement of “Loveliest of trees,” Heine’s collection Neuer Frühling opens with a verse which perhaps lay in the background of Housman’s poem, but which has a simple progression from winter to spring, and from a mood of melancholy to one of joy, as the shower of white that the narrator initially misinterprets as snowfall turns out to his surprise and delight to be the shedding of blossom (, iv, pp. 298–9): Unterm weißen Baume sitzend, Hörst du fern die Winde schrillen, Siehst, wie oben stumme Wolken Sich in Nebeldecken hü llen; Siehst, wie unten ausgestorben Wald und Flur, wie kahl geschoren; – Um dich Winter, in dir Winter, Und dein Herz ist eingefroren.
The day is in full f light and you are taking your time as though it were standing fast. Bring down instantly that sluggish amphora of consul Bibulus. 21 There is a note of interrogation in the verb “parcis,” although, as Bentley suggested in a comment on “Vides ut alta stet” (, p. 29), where a similar point applies, it is perhaps elegantius to punctuate with a period, as Wickham indeed does, rather than a question mark. We come to the final two stanzas of the poem, which I give together with West’s translation (, p.
Horace and Housman by Richard Gaskin (auth.)