Alcaeus of Mytilene
Alcaeus of Mytilene Poems
- The State What constitutes a State? Not high-raised ...
- The Storm Now here, now there, the wild waves sweep, Whilst ...
- Poverty The worst of ills, and hardest to endure, Past hope,...
- The Poor Fisherman The fisher Diotimus had, at sea And ...
- The Palace From roof to roof the spacious palace ...
- An Invitation Why wait we for the torches' lights? Now let ...
- A Banquet Song The rain of Zeus descends, and from high ...
Alcaeus (c. 620 BC-6th century BC), Ancient Greek lyric poet who supposedly invented the Alcaic verse. He was included in the canonical list of nine lyric poets by the scholars of Hellenistic Alexandria. He was an older contemporary and an alleged lover of Sappho, with whom he may have exchanged poems. He was born into the aristocratic governing class of Mytilene, the main city of Lesbos, where ... more »
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What constitutes a State?
Not high-raised battlement, or labored mound,
Thick wall or moated gate;
Not cities fair, with spires and turrets crown'd;
No:--Men, high-minded men,
With powers as far above dull brutes endued
In forest, brake or den,
As beasts excel cold rocks and brambles rude:--
Men who their duties know,
But know their rights, and knowing, dare maintain;
Prevent the long-aimed blow,
And crush the tyrant, while they rend the chain.