Wednesday, May 08, 2019


Poundian Latinity

Ezra Pound (1885-1972), The Spirit of Romance, rev. ed. (1952; rpt. New York: New Directions, 1968), p. 14:
Neither are witches and magical fountains the peculiar hall-mark of the "romantic": the following lines from Ovid are as haunted as anything in Ossian.
Stat vetus et multos incadua silva per annos.
Credibile est illi numen inesse luco.
Fons sacer in medio speluncaque pumice pendens,
Et latere ex omni dulce querunter aves.
Ancient the wood stands
      unhewn for many a season
It seems some presence dwells
      within the grove.
Image of the passage:

For querunter read queruntur. The mistake also occurs in the original edition (London: J.M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., 1910), p. 4. The lines are from the beginning of Amores 3.1.

Related post: Dr. Syntax and Mr. Pound.


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