Saturday, July 04, 2015


Where is the Poetry?

Archibald Y. Campbell (1885-1958), Horace: A New Interpretation (1924; rpt. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1970), p. 5 (on Horace, Odes 3.17):
From the ancestry of Aelius Lamia to dry faggots and a sucking pig! What is the point? and where is the poetry?
An example of Campbell's own verse, the last stanza of "Three Witches," Poems (Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons Ltd., 1912), p. 13:
One thing can make my belly thump,
   One fascination terrifies me:
Suddenly, from a ferny clump,
                                   The rabbit eyes me.
By the way, anyone who reads Campbell's poem "Nymphomania" (id., p. 7) in hopes of titillation, as I did, will be disappointed.

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