In honor of Poem-A-Day Month, I decided instead of posting my poems here every day, I’ll post quotes about poetry or advice for poets from the ancients.
This week I’ll focus on Horace Ars Poetica, or “The Art of Poetry,” which is a poem written by Horace c. 19 BCE. It consists of 476 lines containing nearly thirty maxims for . . . poets.
Horace advises poets to read widely, to strive for precision, and to find the best criticism available. He councils that a poem demands unity, “to be secured by harmony and proportion, as well as a wise choice of subject and good diction.” (wiki)
The following advice is from On unity and harmony:
Great Advice! What does this mean to you? How can a subject be too heavy for our shoulders? What can we bear or not bear to write about?
To read more about Horace visit Poets.org.