The Ambition Bird by Anne Sexton
So it has come to this
insomnia at 3:15 A.M.,
the clock tolling its engine

like a frog following
a sundial yet having an electric
seizure at the quarter hour.

The business of words keeps me awake.
I am drinking cocoa,
that warm brown mama.

I would like a simple life
yet all night I am laying
poems away in a long box.

It is my immortality box,
my lay-away plan,
my coffin.

All night dark wings
flopping in my heart.
Each an ambition bird.

The bird wants to be dropped
from a high place like Tallahatchie Bridge.

He wants to light a kitchen match
and immolate himself.

He wants to fly into the hand of Michelangelo
anc dome out painted on a ceiling.

He wants to pierce the hornet's nest
and come out with a long godhead.

He wants to take bread and wine
and bring forth a man happily floating in the Caribbean.

He wants to be pressed out like a key
so he can unlock the Magi.

He wants to take leave among strangers
passing out bits of his heart like hors d'oeuvres.

He wants to die changing his clothes
and bolt for the sun like a diamond.

He wants, I want.
Dear God, wouldn't it be
good enough to just drink cocoa?

I must get a new bird
and a new immortality box.
There is folly enough inside this one

Ode 3.1 by Horace
Odi profanum vulgus et arceo;
favete linguis. carmina non prius
audita Musarum sacerdos
virginibus puerisque canto.
regum timendorum in proprios greges,
reges in ipsos imperium est Iovis,
clari Giganteo triumpho,
cuncta supercilio moventis.
est ut viro vir latius ordinet
arbusta sulcis, hic generosior
descendat in campum petitor,
moribus hic meliorque fama
contendat, illi turba clientium
sit maior; aequa lege Necessitas
sortitur insignes et imos:
omne capax movet urna nomen.
destrictus ensis cui super impia
cervice pendet, non Siculae dapes
dulcem elaborabunt saporem,
non avium citharaeque cantus
somnum reducent. somnus agrestium
lenis virorum non humiles domos
fastidit umbrosamque ripam,
non zephyris agitata Tempe.
desiderantem quod satis est neque
tumultuosum sollicitat mare
nec saevus Arcturi cadentis
impetus aut orientis Haedi,
non verberatae grandine vineae
fundusque mendax, arbore nunc aquas
culpante, nunc torrentia agros
sidera, nunc hiemes iniquas.
contracta pisces aequora sentiunt
iactis in altum molibus: huc frequens
caementa demittit redemptor
cum famulis dominusque terrae
fastidiosus. sed Timor et Minae
scandunt eodem quo dominus, neque
decedit aerata triremi et
post equitem sedet atra Cura.
quodsi dolentem nec Phrygius lapis
nec purpurarum sidere clarior
delenit usus nec Falerna
vitis Achaemeniumque costum,
cur invidendis postibus et novo
sublime ritu moliar atrium?
cur valle permutem Sabina
divitias operosiores?

Background information on Anne Sexton:
Anne was a confessional writer who authored many poems about being isolated and depressed. She was a manic schizophrenic but managed to become a renowned author. She often felt that she was bound to writing poems and keeping up her success. Her numerous mental impairments led her through a life which amplified her feelings of confusion and anxiousness.

The poem "The Ambition Bird" by Anne Sexton is similar to Ode 3.1 by Horace because it adressess the same issue of consequence that arises with ambition and success. Sexton says that "the business of words keeps me awake," referring to her feeling of obligation to write. This feeling of obligation stemmed from her success, because she did not want to disappoint whomever she was writing for and she knew the standards were high. Anne could never enjoy her poetry because of her depression and fear that people wouldn't like it and she would loose everything. Horace refers to this same stressful obligation when he speaks of the man who has the "destrictus ensis penet cui," the drawn sword hovered before him. This sword represents the man's status as most likely a king. This king must always have his sword hanging over a disloyal neck "impia cervice," because that's what's expected of him to keep order over his followers. This constant vigilance hinders feasts from bringing celebration and songs from bringing sleep; two things that should be enjoyed. The king is not able to relax dealing with such pressure, just as Sexton is not able to relax due to the "flopping in [my] heart." Both the power of the ruling king, and the success of the poet, have brought upon negatives that accompany their personal accomplishments which have risen to "eodem quo," the same place. This highlights the flaws of a complex life and the advantages of a simple one.
Horace contends that people who desire "quod satis est," that which is enough, live more pleasant lives because they are not always so agitated "sollicitat" by the struggles life throws at them. He believes in "necessitas," necessity and simplicity as the basis of law and living. Anne Sexton believes the same thing. She scolds the "ambition birds" that flop in her heart for wanting so many things. In the end, she admits to wanting to live a simple life, where it's "good enough to just drink hot cocoa." Horace also believes a simple life is better and would not trade a lavish life for his "Sabina valle," Sabine valley, where he lives a simple modest life writing poetry.


In the End, by Lincoln Park
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AWbgkRpYwc |song and lyrics video]]


Ode 2.3 by Horace

It starts with One thing
I don't know why
it doesn't even matter how hard you try
keep that in mind i designed this rhyme
to explain in due time
all i know
Time is a valuable thing
watch it fly by as the pendulum swings
watch it count down to the end of the day
the clock ticks life away
so unreal
Didn't look out below
watch the time go right out the window
trying to hold on, didn't even know
I wasted it all just to watch you go
I kept everything inside and even though i tried, it all fell apart
what it meant to me, will eventually be a memory of a time when

I tried so hard, And got so far
But in the end, It doesn't even matter
I had to fall, to lose it all
but in the end, it doesn't even matter
(CHORUS)===== =====

One thing i don't know why
It Doesn't even matter how hard you try
keep that in mind i designed this rhyme
to remind myself how
i tried so hard
In spite of the way you were mocking me
acting like i was part of your property
remembering all the times you fought with me
I'm surprised that it got so far

Things aren't the way they were before
you wouldn't even recognize me anymore
not that you knew me back then
but it all comes back to me
in the end
I kept everything inside and even thought i tried
it all fell apart
what it meant to me will eventually be
a memory of a time when


I've put my trust in you
Pushed as far as I can go
For all this
there's only one thing you should know (X2)

Aequam memento rebus in arduis
seruare mentem, non secus in bonis
ab insolenti temperatam
laetitia, moriture Delli,

seu maestus omni tempore uixeris
seu te in remoto gramine per dies
festos reclinatum bearis

interiore nota Falerni.

Quo pinus ingens albaque populus
umbram hospitalem consociare amant
ramis? Quid obliquo laborat
lympha fugax trepidare riuo?

Huc uina et unguenta et nimium breuis
flores amoenae ferre iube rosae,
dum res et aetas et Sororum
fila trium patiuntur atra.

Cedes coemptis saltibus et domo
uillaque, flauus quam Tiberis lauit,
cedes, et exstructis in altum
diuitiis potietur heres.

Diuesne prisco natus ab Inacho
nil interest an pauper et infima
de gente sub diuo moreris,
uictima nil miserantis Orci;

omnes eodem cogimur, omnium
uersatur urna serius ocius
sors exitura et nos in aeternum
exilium impositura cumbae.

The song "In The End," by Lincoln Park exhibits the same main themes as Horace's Ode 2.3. Both authors believe time is evanescent, and use imagery to further enhance their idea. Horace uses the image of "nimium brevis flores," the too short lived flowers, to demonstrate that even beautiful things deteriorate in time. A flower provides the image of a living, dynamic object in nature, and the reference to its too short life gives the feeling that the flower wilts and dies shortly after it's picked. This flower can be seen as a symbol for a human being who has enjoyed their life, but must die. Lincoln Park uses the image of the "ticking clock" to show that time can be fleeting in one's life. Because a human life is a natural dynamic existence, the clock ticking away is like after the flower has been picked, it's days are numbered. Both artists also believe that life is predestined. Horace describes this phenomenon by portraying human life as "omnium versatur urna," all being stirred in the same earn. This image signifies that everyone will endure the dizzying trials of life and that essentially everyone is in it together. In order to everyone to end up in this large earn for all of humanity, "onmes eodem cogimur," we are all driven to the same place. This external force that pushes human life into the earn occurs to everyone, so it is like saying that a person's life is mildly significant, and one's accomplishments do not subject one to alternative places, for everyone is driven to the earn. This theme is shown in Lincoln Park's song when the artist states "[he] tried so hard and got so far, but in the end it doesn't even matter." His lyrics demonstrate that despite all his efforts, he could not change his course, for no matter how far he came along, the end was already determined by some other force. The forces in Horace's poem that determine one's life are the three fates. The themes of ephemeral, predestined lives makes these works similar, however they could appear different at first. Lincoln Park's song is meant to be an anecdote, offering advice from an experience, while Horace has more of an advising tone to his poem. If anything though, Lincoln Park's thoughts and feelings of his experience validates Horace's advice and commentary.


Taking Back Sunday - Liar (It Takes One to Know One)

music video

All our secrets they are tailored trouble
Draped loose now around your hips
Your spotless instincts are valid
We coexist
Got 26 days to work with (got 26 days)
We got 26 days to work with (it moves, it moves, it moves)
We'll see what all gets done

I'm an addict for dramatics
I confuse the two for love
"You can tell me that you don't beg..."

Liar (liar)
If we're keeping score
We're all choir boys at best
(Intrusive and arrogant)
Liar (liar)
If we're keeping score
We're all choir boys at best
(Intrusive and arrogant)

Got 26 days to work with (got 26 days)
Then back on that island
That you swear by
Still barely can't afford
It's still a question of
How long will this hold?
Is it any different now that we are
Don't you go there not here, not now
(it moves, it moves, it moves)
Not here, not now

I'm an addict for dramatics
I confuse the two for love
You can tell me don't beg

Liar (liar)
If we're keeping score
We're all choir boys at best
(Intrusive and arrogant)
Liar (liar)
If we're keeping score
We're all choir boys at best
(Intrusive and arrogant)
Liar (liar)
Liar (liar)

It takes one to know one

Catullus 30

|Alfene immemor atque unanimis false sodalibus, iam te nil miseret, dure, tui dulcis amiculi? iam me prodere, iam non dubitas fallere, perfide? nec facta impia fallacum hominum caelicolis placent. quae tu neglegis ac me miserum deseris in malis. eheu quid faciant, dic, homines cuiue habeant fidem? certe tute iubebas animam tradere, inique, me inducens in amorem, quasi tuta omnia mi forent. idem nunc retrahis te ac tua dicta omnia factaque uentos irrita ferre ac nebulas aereas sinis. si tu oblitus es, at di meminerunt, meminit Fides, quae te ut paeniteat postmodo facti faciet tui.


The Song "Liar" by Tacking Back Sunday uses some of the same literary techniques as Catullus in Poem 30 to convey the theme contempt for a deceitful friend. Both poems address their subject by demeaning adjectives. Catullus uses "perfide," "inique," and "dure," to address his disloyal, treacherous and harsh Alfenus, while Taking Back Sunday addresses it's subject as a liar, intrusive and arrogant. This artful method of calling someone out using an adjective displays the writer's true feelings about a person with out getting bogged down in wordy phrases of adjectives modifying nouns; it gets right to the point. Both artists in these two works want to be blunt and open about their contempt for a certain disdainful person in their lives. On a side note, in the Song "Liar," Taking Back Sunday mentions that it's "an addict for dramatics." Whether Catullus realizes it or not, this description certainly describes him! This entire unit surrounded criticism and attacks made by Catullus unto a range of subjects: a napkin stealer, a lady stealer, an ignorant smelly man, and so on. Catullus thrived when people let him down because he could write so strongly about what he felt for that person, he was an addict for the dramatics.



Catullus 45, Original Text.


Hands Down, By Dashboard Confessional. Lyrics

Acmen Septimius suos amores
tenens in gremio ‘me’' inquit ‘Acme,

ni te perdite amo atque amare porro
omnes sum assidue paratus annos,
quantum qui pote plurimum perire,
solus in Libya Indiaque tosta
caesio veniam obvius leoni.’

Hoc ut dixit, Amor sinistra ut ante
dextra sternuit approbationem.

At Acme leviter caput reflectens
et dulcis pueri ebrios ocellos
illo purpureo ore suaviata,

‘sic’ inquit ‘mea vita Septimille,
huic uni domino usque serviamus,
ut multo mihi maior acriorque
ignis mollibus ardet in medullis.’

Hoc ut dixit,
Amor sinistra ut ante
dextra sternuit approbationem.

Nunc ab auspicio bono profecti
mutuis animis amant amantur.

Unam Septimius misellus Acmen
mavult quam Syrias Britanniasque:
uno in Septimio fidelis Acme
facit delicias libidinisque.

quis ullos homines beatiores
vidit, quis Venerem auspicatiorem?

Red- theme/content - luck
Orange- theme - being so in love you could die
Purple- theme- infatuation
Breathe in for luck.
Breathe in so deep.
This air is blessed, you share with me.
This night is wild, so calm and dull.
These hearts, they race, from self-control.
Your legs are smooth, as they graze mine.
We're doing fine.
We're doing nothing at all.

My hopes are so high that your kiss might kill me.
So won't you kill me?
So I die happy.

My heart is yours to fill or burst,
to break or bury, or wear as jewelry.
Whichever you prefer.

The words are hushed, "let's not get busted."
Just lay entwined here, undiscovered.
Safe in here from all the stupid questions.
"Hey did you get some?"
Man that is so dumb.
Stay quiet, stay near, stay close, they can't hear.
So we can get some.


Hands down this is the best day I can ever remember.
Always remember the sound of the stereo.
The dim of the soft lights.
The scent of your hair, that you twirled in your fingers.
And the time on the clock, when we realized "It's so late!"
And this walk that we share together.
The streets were wet, and the gate was locked,
So I jumped it, and let you in.
And you stood at the door, with your hands on my waist.
And you kissed me like you meant it.
And I knew...that you meant it.

The song Hands Down, by Dashboard Confessional (DC) expresses much of the same themes and content as the poem Catullus 45. To start off, both artists are hoping for luck with their love interests. In the poem luck is brought upon the author by the omen of sneezing, while in the song the author himself is hoping for luck. Even though the content of these differ slightly, the underlying theme of 'lucky love' is there. There is another mention of luck at the end of the poem, this is the 'lucky love' that both authors wish to attain, sheer blissful love.

Next, in the poem Catullus says that if Septimius was not prepared to love Acme till death, then may he die himself. This is similar to the song when DC says that 'my hopes are so high that your kiss might kill me, So won't you kill me? So i die happy." Both artists emphasize the irony of being so in love and dying without their love. The song puts the power in the woman's hands, because she can choose to kiss him or not. He also outright says "My heart is yours, to fill or burst, to break or bury, or wear as jewlery, which ever you prefer." The artist would rather die happily after a kiss from his love, instead of not getting a kiss at all, his spirit would die inside him otherwise. Therefore, he wears his heart on his sleeve hoping she will embrace it. Catullus says that Septimius would rather die than not love Amce as much as possible. Thankfully, Acme and Septimius are in love and the DC song seems to end well between the man and the woman, so neither characters in either art form will die.

Lastly, both the poem and the song share the theme of infatuation. Acme in the poem responds to Septimius' confession of his love with the profession of her love. She describes her passion as greater than ever, burning in her heart. With both of the lovers feelings out in the open, there is a romantic air. The two embark on their journey together as mutual lovers. This is similar to the song because DC describes his experience as "the best day ever," and he provides a deep description of the passionate and romantic time of two lovers. DC concludes the song with "And you kissed me like you meant it, And i knew...that you meant it." This statement emphasizes that he ended up getting the girl and she loves him back. Both passages are happy endings to love infatuations.