Quinti Horatii Flacci Opera: Accedunt Clavis Metrica Et Notae Anglicæ, Juventuti Accommodatæ (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Quinti Horatii Flacci Opera: Accedunt Clavis Metrica Et Notae Anglicæ, Juventuti Accommodatæ

Horace, of all the writers of antiquity, most abounds with that practical good sense, and familiar observation of life and manners, which render an author, in a more emphatic sense, the reader's companion. Good sense, in fact, seems the most distinguishing feature of his satires; for his wit seems rather forced; and it is their tone of sound understanding, added to their easy, conversation. Al air, and a certain turn for fine raillery, that forms the secret by which they please: In variety and versatility, his lyric genius is unrivalled by that of any poet with whom we are acquainted; and there are no marks of inequality or of inferiority to himself. Whether his odes be of the moral and philosophic kind; or the heroic the descriptive; or the amatory, the light, and the joyous each separate species would seem to be his peculiar province. His epistles evince a knowledge of the weaknesses of the human heart, which would do honor to a professed philosopher. What Quintilian, and the modems-after him, call the Art of Poetry, seems to have been only the third epistle of the second book, ad dressed to the Pisos. The style and manner differ in no respect from the former epistles. The observations are equally desultory, and we meet with the same strokes of satirical humor; which appear unsuitable to a didactic piece.

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