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James Clerk Maxwell

Edinburgh, Scotland
James Clerk Maxwell
Edinburgh, Scotland
Friday, January 3, 2003

Horace, Seventh Epode

Rating: 3.1
Whither, whither, reckless Romans,
Are you rushing, sword in hand?
Has not yet the blood of brothers,
Fully stained the sea and land?

Not that raging conflagration
Should o’er fallen Carthage play;
Not that the unconquered Briton
Should descend the sacred way.

"Rome," exclaims the joyful Parthian,
"Ruin for herself prepares;
Wolves with wolves are never savage,
Lion lion never tears."

Is this fury? is it madness?
Speedy answer I demand;
Foolish, blinded, guilty Romans,
Silent, stupefied you stand. [590]

Thus ’tis fated, blood of brothers
Must atone for brothers’ guilt,
Since the blood of injured Remus
Romulus in anger spilt.
James Clerk Maxwell
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COMMENTS
Mahtab Bangalee 14 September 2020
Wolves with wolves are never savage, Lion lion never tears." ........it's great expressive poem; beautifully crafted; wise expression; something I feel it's historical poem
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paul amrod 14 September 2020
Actually a protest war poem over the brutality of a autocratic Rome.
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Hannatu Adamu 14 September 2020
When will the " blood of brothers" cease to be shed? Great piece!
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Ruta Mohapatra 14 September 2020
The rhyming is too good! It is so sing song!
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Andrew Blakemore 14 September 2020
A great poem of historical importance.
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Uche Nwanze 14 September 2019
' is this fury? Is it madness? Speedy answer I demand' A fascinating piece of poetry deserving of POD
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Uche Nwanze 14 September 2019
' Is this fury? Is it madness? Speedy answer I demand' A fascinating poem deserving of POD
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Panagiota Romios 14 September 2019
Well written, I see you know history...Good for you.
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Egbebi Mariam 14 September 2019
I like the way you use metaphor in your poem. Keep it
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Edward Kofi Louis 14 September 2019
Sword in hand! ! Ready to kill. Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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