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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Great Regulars: "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori"--
sweet and fitting it is to die for one's country--was used sarcastically by Wilfred Owen to skewer the kind of patriotism that led to mass deaths in the trenches of World War I; "Carpe diem"--"Seize the day" became the Robin Williams character's rallying cry in Dead Poets Society. Beyond these phrases, however, the poet who wrote these lines may seem just "dead."
Not so, argues Eyres, who wants us each to consider making friends with Horace and absorbing his particular kinds of wisdom.