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A WISE AND WITTY REVIVIAL OF THE ROMAN POET WHO TAUGHT US HOW TO CARPE DIEM
How do we fill the void created by the excesses of a superficial society? How do we confront the inevitability of death? In Horace and Me: Life Lessons from an Ancient Poet, poet and critic Harry Eyres reexamines the Roman poet Horaces life, legacy, and verse. With a light, lyrical touch (deployed in new, fresh versions of some of Horaces most famous odes) and a keen critical eye, Eyres reveals a lively, relevant Horace, whose society—Rome at the dawn of the empire—is much more similar to our own than we might want to believe.
Eyress study is not only intriguing—he retranslates Horaces most famous phrase,“carpe diem,” as “taste the day”—but enlivening. Through Horace, Eyres meditates on how to live well, mounts a convincing case for the importance of poetry, and relates a moving tale of personal discovery. By the end of this remarkable journey, the reader too will believe in the power of Horaces “lovely words that go on shining with their modest glow, like a warm and inextinguishable candle in the darkness.”
About the Author
Harry Eyres is one of the most prominent advocates for the Slow Movement. Having worked for leading newspapers and magazines in numerous capacities, he created the international Slow Lane column in the Financial Times in 2004, which encourages enjoyment of the uncostly and unmonetized experiences that make life worth living. Eyres is the author of the poetry collection Hotel Eliseo, Platos “The Republic”: A Beginners Guide, and several books on wine. He lives in London, England.