Who is Horace

Quintus Horatius Flaccus (8 December 65 – 27 November 8 BC), known in the English-speaking world as Horace (/ˈhɒrɪs/), was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus (also known as Octavian). The rhetorician Quintilian regarded his Odes as just about the only Latin lyrics worth reading: "He can be lofty sometimes, yet he is also full of charm and grace, versatile in his figures, and felicitously daring in his choice of words."[nb 1]

Horace also crafted elegant hexameter verses (Satires and Epistles) and caustic iambic poetry (Epodes). The hexameters are amusing yet serious works, friendly in tone, leading the ancient satirist Persius to comment: "as his friend laughs, Horace slyly puts his finger on his every fault; once let in, he plays about the hea...
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  • Jamaicaobserver: parish court judge horace mitchell was yesterday hailed by members of the bar as fair-minded, even-tempered, and respectful to all.
  • Spewriter: "we are but dust and shadow" - horace (latin: "pulvis et umbra sumus")
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The Garden Scatters Burnt-Up Beetles...
 by Boris Pasternak

The garden scatters burnt-up beetles
Like brazen ash, from braziers burst.
I witness, by my lighted candle,
A newly blossomed universe.

And like a not yet known religion
I enter this unheard of night,
In which the shabbily-grey poplar

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