Housman, Horace, and Metre

In Peter Parker's 2016 work Housman Country: Into the Heart of England, he includes, and subsequently returns to, an incredibly significant anecdote when it comes to unpacking the complex life of the classicist-poet A. E. Housman. Parker describes the event, quoting a description written by one of Housman's students: "Having dissected Horace's ode Diffugere nives, redeunt iam … Continue reading Housman, Horace, and Metre

Love in Virgil’s Aeneid

Earlier this year, I wrote an essay for the St John's College, Oxford Classics Essay Competition (CAHEC2019). The question was 'Is love a narrative force to be reckoned with in epic?', and I chose to focus on arguably the greatest work of Latin literature, Virgil's Aeneid. The concept of love in this poem refuses to be … Continue reading Love in Virgil’s Aeneid

Pastoral Poetry: Arcadia Through the Ages

This Blog post was originally written as an article for The Society of Classical Poets, which can be found here: http://classicalpoets.org/essay-pastoral-poetry-arcadia-through-the-ages/ “Come live with me and be my Love, And we will all the pleasures prove That hills and valleys, dale and field, And all the craggy mountains yield.” —Christopher Marlowe These fervent lines are some … Continue reading Pastoral Poetry: Arcadia Through the Ages