Sunday 10

Horace Ode I.9

Filed under: Poem — zundel @ pm

A mention by Harry Eyres in this weekend’s Financial Times sent me looking for a good translation of Horace’s ninth poem from his first book of odes.

Our Horatian winter of content” by Harry Eyres in The Financial Times 2009-01-10

Many stuffy translations exist. I think Horace unstuffy.

William Harris provides a charming loose translation and a nice reading.

Horace Odes, Book I.9” by William Harris

You see how the snow stands deep in Ripton’s woods
The snow and frozen hail have cracked the trees
Half to the ground, the river’s hard as land,
Inside we stoke generously the fire.

Professor Harris’s website looks worth long perusal. But later, as I go to have a drink with my friend Alex.


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