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Love And War - Poem by Ovid

Lovers all are soldiers, and Cupid has his campaigns:
I tell you, Atticus, lovers all are soldiers.
Youth is fit for war, and also fit for Venus.
Imagine an aged soldier, an elderly lover!
A general looks for spirit in his brave soldiery;
a pretty girl wants spirit in her companions.
Both stay up all night long, and each sleeps on the ground;
one guards his mistress's doorway, one his general's.
The soldier's lot requires far journeys; send his girl,
the zealous lover will follow her anywhere.
He'll cross the glowering mountains, the rivers swollen with storm;
he'll tread a pathway through the heaped-up snows;
and never whine of raging Eurus when he sets sail
or wait for stars propitious for his voyage.
Who but lovers and soldiers endure the chill of night,
and blizzards interspersed with driving rain?
The soldier reconnoiters among the dangerous foe;
the lover spies to learn his rival's plans.
Soldiers besiege strong cities; lovers, a harsh girl's home;
one storms town gates, the other storms house doors.
It's clever strategy to raid a sleeping foe
and slay an unarmed host by force of arms.
(That's how the troops of Thracian Rhesus met their doom,
and you, O captive steeds, forsook your master.)
Well, lovers take advantage of husbands when they sleep,
launching surprise attacks while the enemy snores.
To slip through bands of guards and watchful sentinels
is always the soldier's mission - and the lover's.
Mars wavers; Venus flutters: the conquered rise again,
and those you'd think could never fall, lie low.
So those who like to say that love is indolent
should stop: Love is the soul of enterprise.
Sad Achilles burns for Briseis, his lost darling:
Trojans, smash the Greeks' power while you may!
From Andromache's embrace Hector went to war;
his own wife set the helmet on his head;
and High King Agamemnon, looking on Priam's child,
was stunned (they say) by the Maenad's flowing hair.
And Mars himself was trapped in The Artificer's bonds:
no tale was more notorious in heaven.
I too was once an idler, born for careless ease;
my shady couch had made my spirit soft.
But care for a lovely girl aroused me from my sloth
and bid me to enlist in her campaign.
So now you see me forceful, in combat all night long.
If you want a life of action, fall in love.

- translated from the Latin by Jon Corelis


Comments about Love And War by Ovid

  • Rookie - 0 Points Joel Drown (6/12/2017 9:07:00 AM)

    dear ovid, my name is joel drown your poem is very powerful its amazing how close together the topics of lave and war an become and how you descrided the numbness that can come from a war and a deep love thank you for your time and your service (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 9,580 Points Amar Agarwala (3/21/2017 7:39:00 PM)

    A powerful poem on love and war and of a lovers' mirth and passion! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,073 Points John S (3/21/2017 9:45:00 AM)

    All is fair in love and war
    win the battle, settle the score
    Cupid carries out his clever campaign
    fight with chocolate hearts and aged champagne
    Melodious music, the best poetry I know
    will capture your heart, and vanquish my foe
    without you my love, my life is incomplete
    fighting a beautiful battle, I'll know not defeat
    with armaments, I'll fight tooth and nail
    Over swollen seas, my fleets set sail
    Through torrential rain, blizzards of gale
    for your affectionate heart, my love will prevail! (Report) Reply

    Veteran Poet - 1,073 Points John S (3/21/2017 5:40:00 PM)

    Yes, there is nothing more inspiring than other poet's poetic themes...

    Gold Star - 10,888 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (3/21/2017 10:35:00 AM)

    Is this your poem?

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Poems About War

  1. 1. A War Song To Englishmen , William Blake
  2. 2. The Next War , Wilfred Owen
  3. 3. Love And War , Ovid
  4. 4. A Prayer In Time Of War , Alfred Noyes
  5. 5. Sekhmet, The Lion-Headed Goddess Of War , Margaret Atwood
  6. 6. From A German War Primer , Bertolt Brecht
  7. 7. In California During The Gulf War , Denise Levertov
  8. 8. War Is Never Over , Cecil L. Harrison
  9. 9. Lessons Of The War , Henry Reed
  10. 10. War Some More , Sandra Osborne
  11. 11. Nefarious War , Li Po
  12. 12. Repression Of War Experience , Siegfried Sassoon
  13. 13. Do Not Weep, Maiden, For War Is Kind , Stephen Crane
  14. 14. Two Poems From The War , Archibald MacLeish
  15. 15. A Meditation In Time Of War , William Butler Yeats
  16. 16. On Receiving News Of The War , Isaac Rosenberg
  17. 17. Meditations In Time Of Civil War , William Butler Yeats
  18. 18. On Being Asked For A War Poem , William Butler Yeats
  19. 19. The Next War , Robert Graves
  20. 20. Spring In War Time , Sara Teasdale
  21. 21. Memorial Day For The War Dead , Yehuda Amichai
  22. 22. War Of The Worlds , john tiong chunghoo
  23. 23. Woman And War , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  24. 24. Sonnet 46: Mine Eye And Heart Are At A M.. , William Shakespeare
  25. 25. War Song , John Davidson
  26. 26. War-Music , Henry Van Dyke
  27. 27. Dusk In War Time , Sara Teasdale
  28. 28. The War Films , Sir Henry Newbolt
  29. 29. War...War...War... , joe yourmom
  30. 30. War Music [down On Your Knees, Achilles] , Christopher Logue
  31. 31. At The War Office, London (Affixing The .. , Thomas Hardy
  32. 32. To Lucasta On Going To The War - For The.. , Robert Graves
  33. 33. Song-Books Of The War , Siegfried Sassoon
  34. 34. War Profit Litany , Allen Ginsberg
  35. 35. At The War Office, London. , Thomas Hardy
  36. 36. War Song , Thomas Moore
  37. 37. Man's Civil War , Robert Southwell
  38. 38. A Date With An Anti-War Protester , Chuck Audette
  39. 39. The Holy War , Rudyard Kipling
  40. 40. On A Line From Valéry (The Gulf War) , Carolyn Kizer
  41. 41. - Love Is War! , Ronberge (anno primo)
  42. 42. Tell Brave Deeds Of War , Stephen Crane
  43. 43. War , Charles Wagner
  44. 44. There Was Crimson Clash Of War. , Stephen Crane
  45. 45. Fortune Of War , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  46. 46. War And Peace , Franklin Pierce Adams
  47. 47. They Gave Us A War That Nobody Wanted , Patrick O'Donnell
  48. 48. A Radical War Song , Thomas Babbington Macaulay
  49. 49. Declaration Of War , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  50. 50. War And Peace , Nate Snowball
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