ALFRED LORD TENNYSON
I. Unquestionable traces of Horace
|1. ||As we have seen, Tennyson's acquaintance with Horace began
early in his life; and it is appropriate that we should find in his first
extant letter, written to his aunt, Marianne Fytche, when he was
twelve years old, the following sentence:|
'It [the word diffused in Samson Agonistes] has the same meaning
as "temere" in one of the Odes of Horace, Book the second:
Sic temere et rosa
Canos odorati capillos,
of which this is a free translation: "Why lie we not at random, under
the shade of the plantain (sub platano), having our hoary head perfumed with rose water?"
See Carm. 2. 11. 14-15.
|2. ||Motto of Parnassus:|
Exegi monumentum . . . . . .
Quod non . . . . . . . . .
Possit diruere . . . innumerabilis
Annorum series et fuga temporum.
See Carm. 3. 30. 1-5. Tennyson's poem shows no trace of the Horatian
ode, however, unless it be the phrase 'flight of the Ages' (fuga temporum).
|3. ||From Becket 5. 2:|
And one [wife] an uxor pauperis Ibyci.
See Carm. 3. 15. 1.
|4. ||From an undated letter to James Spedding:|
'The birds must sing and the furze bloom for you and Fitzgerald
alone, par nobile fratrum.'
See Serm. 2. 3. 243.
|5. ||From a letter-diary written from Glastonbury, August, 1854:|
'I took shelter over Arimathaean Joseph's bones in the crypt of
his chapel, for they say (credat Iudaeus) he lies there.'
See Serm. 1. 5. 100.
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Book title: The Influence of Horace on the Chief English Poets of the Nineteenth Century.
Contributors: Mary Rebecca Thayer - Author.
Publisher: Yale University Press.
Place of publication: New Haven, CT.
Publication year: 1916.
Page number: 94.
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