Horace | Critical Essay by David West

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of Horace.
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SOURCE: West, David. “Some General Principles.” In Reading Horace, pp. 125-41. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1967.

In the following essay, West proposes some general principles for the reading of Horace, including the need to be as true as possible to the Latin in translation and the need to view the text within the framework in which it was written, discarding contemporary prejudices.

‘Then farewell, Horace, whom I hated so, Not for thy faults, but mine: It is a curse To understand, not feel, thy lyric flow, To comprehend, but never love thy verse.’ 

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