|1.||Foremost in importance among the portions of Byron's
writings that show a Horatian influence stands, of course, the Hints
from Horace, which is, as the poet himself puts it, 'an allusion in English verse to the Epistle Ad Pisones, De Arte Poetica.' As we might
expect, the first motto of the work is from the original:|
It would not be to the purpose to transcribe here either the entire Ars Poetica or the whole of Hints from Horace. I shall therefore content myself with recording what seem to be the salient features of Byron's paraphrase. We have already remarked (see Introduction, p. 35) on the difference in tone between his version and the original; we may now take up more technical matters.