The Satires of Horace

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"The Roman philosopher and dramatic critic Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65-3 B.C.), known in English as Horace, was also the most famous lyric poet of his age. Written in the troubled decade ending with the establishment of Augustus's regime, his Satires provide trenchant social commentary on men's perennial enslavement to money, power, fame, and sex. Not as frequently translated as his Odes, in recent decades the Satires have been rendered into prose or bland verse." "Horace continues to influence modern lyric poetry, and our greatest poets ...
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"The Roman philosopher and dramatic critic Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65-3 B.C.), known in English as Horace, was also the most famous lyric poet of his age. Written in the troubled decade ending with the establishment of Augustus's regime, his Satires provide trenchant social commentary on men's perennial enslavement to money, power, fame, and sex. Not as frequently translated as his Odes, in recent decades the Satires have been rendered into prose or bland verse." "Horace continues to influence modern lyric poetry, and our greatest poets continue to translate and marvel at Horace's command of formal style, his economy of expression, his variety, and his mature humanism. Horace's comic genius has also had a profound influence on the Western literary tradition through such authors as Swift, Pope, and Boileau, but interest in the Satires has dwindled due to the difficulty of capturing Horace's wit and formality with the techniques of contemporary free verse." A.M. Juster's striking new translation relies on the tools and spirit of the English light verse tradition while taking care to render the original text as accurately as possible.
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The lyric poetry of antiquity is often as important to modern poets as it is to translators and classical scholars. Mulroy is a professor of classics (Univ. of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), and Carson (classics, McGill Univ.; The Beauty of the Husband) and the late William Matthews (After All: Last Poems) are well-regarded poets. Following Pound's dictum to "make it new," Mulroy and Matthews translate Catullus and Horace into modern American idiom, striving where possible to find cultural equivalents rather than literal translations. At the same time, they try to be true to the shifting tones and rhythms of their originals. The results are fluent, giving some sense of the contemporaneousness that Catullus and Horace would have evoked in their audiences. Carson's translation follows Sappho's diction and form much more closely and includes the Greek original on the facing page. Much of what survives of Sappho are fragments, often just a stray word, phrase, or even a few letters. Like many modern poets, Carson deploys these on the blank page, letting their suggestiveness fill the gaps and create whole lyrics in the imagination of the readers. All three translators aim for a general audience, though Mulroy and Carson also include notes and introductions of value to the more scholarly reader. All three books are recommended for both public and academic libraries. T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong Atlantic State Univ., Savannah, GA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781314419528
  • Publisher: HardPress Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/27/2013
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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William Matthews was born in Cincinnati in 1942, and educated at Yale and the University of North Carolina. He published eleven books of poetry and received many prizes and awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Time & Money (1996). Matthews taught at the City University of New York until his death in 1997.

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Table of Contents

I, i Why is it, Maecenas, that no man's pleased 1
I, ii Strippers, peddlars of elixirs, beggars 6
I, iii All singers have this fault: if friends ask them 12
I, iv Eupolis, Cratinus and Aristophanes 19
I, v Just past Rome's thick shadow I and my friend 26
I, vi Of all the Lydians who settled Tuscany 31
I, vii How the halfbreed Persius got revenge 37
I, viii Once I was a log, a worthless chunk of fig-wood 39
I, ix I was ambling along the Via Sacra 42
I, x It's true I said that Lucilius's poems 47
II, i Horace: Some have complained my satires cut 53
II, ii Friends, let's live and eat plainly. My neighbor 57
II. iii Damasippus: You might strive to finish 63
II, iv Horace: Catius, where are you rushing 67
II, v Ulysses: A last question, Tiresias 71
II, vi I prayed for this: a modest swatch of land 76
II, vii Davus: I'm only a slave, but I've got ears 81
II, viii Horace: How was your grand feast with the rich 86
Notes to Satire II, vi 93
Translating Horace's Satire II, vi 95
A Note of Appreciation 100
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