Xelam Kan

Art Poetica (Quintus Horatius) - Poem by Xelam Kan

(To emerging poets) ...........

Did not hear about Quintus Horace?
Who descended the laws to Verse in grace:
On unity, invention and imitation,
and what is the art of characterization.

Though he was a rational in form and style
But honored all the 'Aesthetic considerations'.
In spirit he was purely a Roman, but he
ignited the passion: for Art and sensations.

To him, for POET's security;
he must attain brevity and avoid obscurity
and blind imitation, that would spoil
his fancies and romantic pulsations.

If you want to be a man of Art and Letter, then
Compose well or don't rhyme either;
And if you're ignorant to the words 'decorum and meter`
then respect Horace and absorb his classic versification.

Topic(s) of this poem: art

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Ars Poetica' ('The Art of Poetry' or 'On the Nature of Poetry) a treatise or literary essay on poetics by the Roman poet Horace, published around 18 or 19 BCE. Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 BC -8 BC) , known in the English-speaking world as Horace, was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus. The rhetorician Quintillian regarded his Odes as just about the only Latin lyrics worth reading: 'He can be lofty sometimes, yet he is also full of charm and grace, versatile in his figures, and felicitously daring in his choice of words.'

Comments about Art Poetica (Quintus Horatius) by Xelam Kan

  • Daniel Brick (8/12/2014 2:29:00 PM)

    I'm glad to find someone else who appreciates Horace. I have Walt Whitman for excitement and Rilke for visionary scope. But Horace is that model poet who was also a model human being. I re-read his four books of ODES in a formal translation two years, but this summer I'm re-reading them again in very free translation by contemporary poets. Horace is uniquely the poet of friendship - the best people bringing out the best in each other. That is high praise for a man who lived THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS long before Jefferson coined the phrase. (Report) Reply

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  • (5/10/2014 10:54:00 PM)

    lovely poem. i enjoyed.. (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (7/13/2013 3:37:00 PM)

    jahan zeb writes in a comment below that: .... I am sure poetry is something special and there is no style to poetry. the style belongs to poets.
    i guess that makes me feel better (ha ha) that i do not try to imitate other poets. i enjoy writing mine and hope some readers will enjoy them also (many are funny, or try to be, but not all of them) . if not, that is ok (but i KNOW some readers like some of them....and thank you for telling me so) .
    as for G.j.'s poem: .... i DID like it. i DO wonder how well the author takes Q.H.'s advice to heart; i'll probably never know as i don't plan to read Q.H.. but thank you for the poem and the offer to learn more about poetry from an ancient? source.
    i especially liked the lines: ....

    To attain brevity and avoid obscurity
    To Him was the key for poet`s security,
    Devised the rules for versification,
    And forbade Mediocrity and blind imitation,
    That could Spoil all the pure fancies and romantic pulsations.

    rhyming in poems is one of the features i enjoy most, and i like the construction and message of the lines......though i may not follow Q.H.'s advice. thanks for sharing another one G.j. bri
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  • Baharak Barzin (1/20/2013 1:05:00 PM)

    Nice poem :) go on my friend (Report) Reply

  • S.zaynab Kamoonpuri (1/10/2013 7:20:00 AM)

    I see. Great poetic eulogy of d classical ones. Ars poetica itself. Im so against blind imitation töo. Pls do coment on mine latest too. (Report) Reply

  • A.j. Binash (1/9/2013 5:09:00 AM)

    A beautiful piece! And I love the history behind it (Report) Reply

  • Hamid Negah (12/31/2012 1:01:00 PM)

    Thanks a lot Mr John, i enjoyed so much, well done, (Report) Reply

  • Musfiq Us Shaleheen (12/30/2012 1:34:00 PM)

    very interesting and nicely crafted.. you are great sir...your style and fashion is unique sir... (Report) Reply

  • (12/29/2012 9:17:00 PM)

    Mr John, you have gone for a novel attempt over a few poems that have great educative value as well. Your understanding of the Roman poet Horace has rightly been shared with us all and this poem is one of your best contributions of 2012 and let me hope many more will be ensuing in the new year 2013.
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  • (12/29/2012 4:08:00 AM)

    thanx sir for introducing Horatius through your poem.. His works and art of his poetry, you Nicely expressd. (Report) Reply

  • (12/29/2012 3:49:00 AM)

    thanx sir for introducing Horace through your poem.. His works and poetry, you Nicely expressed! (Report) Reply

  • (12/28/2012 9:38:00 PM)

    I believe being erudite before bowing down and kissing some booty back in the day would get you eviscerated in your own special way. (Report) Reply

  • (12/28/2012 9:30:00 PM)

    Very intereresting Mister Gulsher John. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (12/28/2012 1:02:00 AM)

    Yes, Horace's Ars Poetica, though written a long time ago still holds good for pioneering poets and serves as a master giude to poetry writers! An erudite write! ! (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (12/27/2012 10:12:00 AM)

    You said you nothing that you know is what you know..but now you introduce me someone i never heard before..you are great in linking people like this, a great person and inspiring...you did a broad poetry to me. your own style..i guess you are a huge writer analyzer in disguise dont you hahaha....maybe i am wrong but could be i am right..but i know one thing, i like this poem, and thanks for sharing_Soul (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (12/27/2012 7:29:00 AM)

    Interesting write - not heard of this man before. Modern style poetry does seem to be more in favour these days, which is okay, but it is a shame that the older styles are often not appreciated. (Report) Reply

  • Jahan Zeb (12/27/2012 6:30:00 AM)

    Artistic Gulsher. You have done extremely well to convey the rules of a great literary giant of Augustus age in your poem. Yes I believe these the requirements of poetry and should be practiced by all those who want to be true poets. I wish I practice them as much as possible.
    Thanks for taking our attentions toward that creative and natural poet. I am sure poetry is something special and there is no style to poetry. the style belongs to poets.

    I loved the way you have created your poem and the title chosen is well described in the poem.

    Compose well or don't rhyme either.................................................. A very strong statement.

    Well done
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  • Diane Hine (12/27/2012 5:02:00 AM)

    No, I hadn't heard of him. Thanks for introducing him to me in such an informative and interesting poem! (Report) Reply

  • Anita Sehgal (12/27/2012 3:28:00 AM)

    great write... thank you for information and guidance to new poets..! (Report) Reply

  • (12/27/2012 2:36:00 AM)

    A well composed poem and a great message for the emerging poet. You are something, excellent write Gulsher (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 14, 2014

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