Horace Ode 1.1
Maecenas edite atavis regibus
o et praesidium et dulce decus meum:
sunt, quos curriculo pulverem Olympicum
collegisse iuvat metaque fervidis
evitata rotis palmaque nobilis
terrarum dominos evehit ad deos.
hunc, si mobilium turba Quiritium
certat tergeminos tollere honoribus,
illum, si proprio condidit horreo,
quicquid de Libycis verritur areis.
gaudentem patrios findere sarculo
agros Attalicis condicionibus
numquam demoveas, ut trabe Cypria
Myrtoum pavidus nauta secet mare;
luctantem Icariis fluctibus Africum
mercator metuens otium et oppidi
laudat rura sui; mox reficit rates
quassas, indocilis pauperiem pati.
est, qui nec veteris pocula Massici,
nec partem solido demere de die
spernit, nunc viridi membra sub arbuto
stratus, nunc ad aquae lene caput sacrae.
multos castra iuvant et lituo tubae
permixtus sonitus bellaque matribus
detestata. manet sub Iove frigido
venator teneris coniugis immemor
seu visa est catulis cerva fidelibus
seu rupit teretes Marsus aper plagas.
me doctarum hederae praemia frontium
dis miscent superis, me gelidum nemus
Nympharumque leves cum Satyris chori
secernunt populo, si neque tibias
Euterpe cohibet, nec Polyhymnia
Lesboum refugit tendere barbiton.
quodsi me lyricis vatibus inseres,
sublimi feriam sidera vertice.
In Her Shoes starring Cameron Diaz reminds me of Horace's 1.1 ode. Cameron Diaz plays Maggie, a young women who is very lazy and unmotivated to do any work whatsoever. She spends most of her time sleeping on her sister's couch, and is reluctant to go job hunting because she does not feel like she would be good at anything. Horace would describe this girl's behavior as " sub arbuto stratus" meaning "stretched under the strawberry tree." This girl seems to enjoy leisure and partying over finding a career. Horace does not necessarily believe that this is a bad way to live, but he uses "sub arbuto stratus" to describe one way that a person lives their life. Because Maggie does not pay for anything and is not cleaning up after herself, her sister Rose kicks her out of the house.
Maggie is unsure of where she should live and finds old letters from her Grandmother which she never read before. Maggie decides to move to Florida to live with her Grandmother. She not only wants to meet her Grandmother for the first time, but she also wants to relax and be carefree without her sister Rose yelling at her for being unemployed. When living in Florida, Maggie's Grandmother helps Maggie start her own little business finding outfits for the elderly people to wear. Maggie is very into fashion and enjoys making the elderly look stylish. This relates to Horace's ode in many ways. In the first phrase Horace uses "Iuvat quos" meaning "there are those whom it pleases." Here, Horace is saying that one should do whatever job that he/she wants to do as long as he/ she is happy. Horace repeats this message in line 7 by using the word "hunc." In line 9, he repeats the message again. Instead of hunc, he uses the word "illum." Horace really believes that it is important to be happy and do whatever you please.
Maggie loves her job helping out the elderly in Florida because she feels rewarded by helping other people and enjoys the fact that she is making these people feel good about themselves. Horace also loves his job and in the last couple of lines, he uses a couple of important phrases to emphasize why he loves his job. Horace uses the phrase "Me lyricis vatibus" meaning, "if you insert me with poets." Here, Horace shows humility and is implying that he does not feel that he is special without his writing. This relates to Maggie's career. Maggie is not school smart, but she is style smart and is very compassionate and caring about people. These characteristics make Maggie special and she does not feel as special without these qualities. Horace also uses the phrase "Feriam sidera." This phrase means "I will strike the constellations. " Horace is saying that writing is what makes him who he is, and that it is important to be happy and do what you want to do. When Maggie moves to Florida, she realizes that helping the elderly and fashion are the two things that make her into the person she is.
When Maggie was living with her sister Rose, Maggie did not believe in herself and did not believe that she was good at anything. Therefore she was completely unmotivated to look for a job. When she lives in Florida, however, she realizes that she has an eye for fashion which helps her start her own business picking clothes for the elderly to wear. Not only does Maggie become more mature during her stay in Florida, but she realizes that she is special and realizes her passions for helping others and fashion. Horace believes that everyone is passionate about something and everyone is special. He uses his writing to exemplify his passion and to describe why he is special because of his writing.

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Horace Ode 1.11
Tu ne quaesieris (scire nefas), quem mihi, quem tibi
finem di dederint, Leuconoe, nec Babylonios
temptaris numeros. ut melius, quidquid erit, pati!
seu pluris hiemes, seu tribuit Iuppiter ultimam,
quae nunc oppositis debilitat pumicibus mare
Tyrrhenum: sapias, vina liques et spatio brevi
spen longam reseces. dum loquimur, fugerit invida
aetas: carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.

"Hanging by a Moment"
Desperate for changing
Starving for truth
I'm closer to where I started
Chasing after you
I'm falling even more in love with you
Letting go of all I've held onto
I'm standing here until you make me move
I'm hanging by a moment here with you

Forgetting all I'm lacking
Completely incomplete
I'll take your invitation
You take all of me now...

I'm falling even more in love with you
Letting go of all I've held onto
I'm standing here until you make me move
I'm hanging by a moment here with you
I'm living for the only thing I know
I'm running and not quite sure where to go
And I don't know what I'm diving into
Just hanging by a moment here with you

There's nothing else to lose
There's nothing else to find
There's nothing in the world
That can change my mind
There is nothing else
There is nothing else
There is nothing else

Desperate for changing
Starving for truth
I'm closer to where I started
Chasing after you....

I'm falling even more in love with you
Letting go of all I've held onto
I'm standing here until you make me move
I'm hanging by a moment here with you
I'm living for the only thing I know
I'm running and not quite sure where to go
And I don't know what I'm diving into
Just hanging by a moment here with you

Just hanging by a moment (here with you)
Hanging by a moment (here with you)
Hanging by a moment here with you



Horace's Ode 1.11 reminds me of the song " Hanging by the Moment" by Lifehouse. Horace writes about living in the moment, and how one should not worry so much about his/ her own fate. In lines 2-3, he uses the phrase " Nec Babylonios temptaris numerous" meaning " And don't consult the Babylonian numbers." Horace believes that one should live their life without worrying about their future and that reading your horoscope is a waste of time. Lifehouse sings something similiar. " I'm living for the only thing I know. I'm running and not quite sure where to go. And I don't know what I'm diving into. Just hanging by a moment here with you." The advice that Lifehouse gives to its audience is to not question fate, and to live in the present. Lifehouse is writing about someone who is in love and sings about how that person is living in the moment by following his heart. This person is not looking up horoscopes wondering about his future; he is living in the present. This is one example of how the song "Hanging by the Moment" relates to Horace's ode.

Horace also writes " Tu ne quaesieris scire nefas" meaning" Don't ask it's a crime to know." Horace is saying that if one knows what is in store for them, then their not going to try as hard to get it. This relates back to Lifehouse's song because Lifehouse sings about someone who has no idea what is in store for him. " Desperate for changing, starving for truth, I'm closer to where I started, chasing after you." This person has no idea what will happen to him, but because he is in love, he is willing to do anything. If he knows what is in store for him, he probably will not try as hard to be with the person that he loves. Another phrase that Horace uses that relates to Lifehouse's song is " Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero" meaning" Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in tomorrow." This relates Lifehouse because Lifehouse sings, " There's nothing else to lose, There's nothing else to find that can change my mind." This relates to Horace's message which is to live in the present and to take chances without worrying what your future will entail.
















Catullus 5 by Catullus
Vivamus mea Lesbia, atque amemus,
rumoresque senum severiorum
omnes unius aestimemus assis!
soles occidere et redire possunt:
nobis cum semel occidit brevis lux,
nox est perpetua una dormienda.
da mi basia mille, deinde centum,
dein mille altera, dein secunda centum,
deinde usque altera mille, deinde centum.
dein, cum milia multa fecerimus,
conturbabimus illa, ne sciamus,
aut ne quis malus inuidere possit,
cum tantum sciat esse basiorum.



Catullus’s poem # 5 relates to Shania Twain's hit song When You Kiss Me because both pieces are about love. Catullus is madly in love with Lesbia and in line 6 states he wants to have a never ending night with her. Similarly, Shania sings that her lonely nights are finally over, and one can assume that she will have "a never ending" romantic night with the one she loves. Catullus, in lines 7-9 writes about how he wants Lesbia to kiss him. Shania Twain also sings about kissing and like Catullus, she uses the kiss to symbolize love. Shania Twain's sings, " Oh, when you kiss me, I know you miss me. And when you're with me, the world just goes away” and this relates to Catullus' poem because when Lesbia kisses him, that's all he thinks about, and one can assume the world can go away. Because he is so in love, Catullus stops thinking about the rumors of the wise old men, and says in his poem that the rumors are worth just one penny.




"Broken Promises"

The day you left me
there was a feeling I have never shown
The day you told me
there were the words that I have never known
And now it's over
So what's left that I should ever feel
cause since the day you left me I have been so alone

And now we're left with broken promises
my heart can't take no more
and now we're left with broken promises
my mind has had enough

Deep inside me
there are things that I have never told
they burn inside me
and now I need to know
Why are you trying to take everything away from me
well I'm begging you
I'm here with nothing left to show
cause since the day you left me I have been so alone

And now we're left with broken promises
my heart can't take no more
And now we're left with broken promises
my mind has had enough

Look at how you turned on me
You ran away and left me here with nothing to see
I'm a man so turn around and say it to me
Don't you think I've got something to say
Look at how you turned on me
You ran away and left me here with nothing to see
I'm a man so turn around and say it to me
Don't you think I've got something to say
Now look at how you turned on me
You ran away and left me here with nothing to see
I'm a man so turn around and say it to me
Don't you think I've got something to say

And now we're left with broken promises
my heart can't take no more
and now we're left with broken promises
my mind has had enough
and now we're left with broken promises
my heart can't take no more
and now we're left with broken promises
my mind has had enough

In Catullus's poem # 30, he is writing about his friend Alfenus and how he feels betrayed by him. The song "Broken Promises" by Element Eighty reminds me of betrayal, and relates to how Catullus feels about his friend Alfenus. In the song, Element Eighty writes, " Why are you trying to take everything from me, well I'm begging you, I'm here with nothing left to show." This person, like Catullus feels betrayed by his friend. Catullus similarly states in his poem, " certe tute iubebas animam tradere" meaning certainly you order me to hand over my life. Catullus is forced to hand over his trust to his friend, yet his friend Alfenus has broken many promises. In Catullus's poem 30 he writes, " Quae tu neglegis ac me miserum deseris in malis”, meaning who you neglect and leave me unhappy in distress. In “Broken Promises” Element Eighty writes "The day you left me there was a feeling I have never shown." This relates to how Catullus feels about Alfenus because he feels that Alfenus abandoned him when he needed him.
To further emphasize that both the song and the poem are about broken promises and betrayal, one significant line in Catullus poem 30 is almost identical to "Broken Promises." The line that Catullus writes is, " Eheu quid faciant, dic, homines cuive habeant fidem?" This means Alas, tell me, what men should do and whom should they trust. In "Broken Promises", one phrase is, " And now we're left with broken promises. My heart can't take no more. And now we're left with broken promises, my mind has had enough." This relates to Catullus’s poem 30 because it is saying that since we have no more trust in "our friend", what should we do, and whom should we trust. Both "Broken Promises", and Catullus's poem 30 are about the miserable feeling of abandonment and betrayal by a dear friend.