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Horace’s How-To

Gregory Hays | New York Review Of Books | 21st May 2020

Magisterial appreciation of Horace’s Ars Poetica. “In 476 lines of dactylic hexameter, one of the great Roman poets tells us, if not how he wrote his songs, at any rate how we should go about writing ours. The Ars lays down laws observed by writers for centuries. Modern editions divid…

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