Ode 1.1

1 Maecenas atavis edite regibus,
o et praesidium et dulce decus meum:
sunt, quos curriculo pulverem Olympicum
collegisse iuvat metaque fervidis
5 evitata rotis palmaque nobilis
terrarum dominos evehit ad deos.
hunc, si mobilium turba Quiritium
certat tergeminos tollere honoribus,
illum, si proprio condidit horreo,
10 quicquid de Libycis verritur areis.
gaudentem patrios findere sarculo
agros Attalicis condicionibus
numquam demoveas, ut trabe Cypria
Myrtoum pavidus nauta secet mare;
15 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,
20 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
25 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
30 dis miscent superis, me gelidum nemus
Nympharumque leves cum Satyris chori
secernunt populo, si neque tibias
Euterpe cohibet, nec Polyhymnia
Lesboum refugit tendere barbiton.
35 quodsi me lyricis vatibus inseres,
sublimi feriam sidera vertice.

The Bare Necessities - Phil Harris, Bruce Reitherman
Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
Old Mother Nature's recipes
That brings the bare necessities of life

Wherever I wander, wherever I roam
I couldn't be fonder of my big home
The bees are buzzin' in the tree
To make some honey just for me
When you look under the rocks and plants
And take a glance at the fancy ants
Then maybe try a few

The bare necessities of life will come to you
They'll come to you!

Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
That's why a bear can rest at ease
With just the bare necessities of life

Now when you pick a pawpaw
Or a prickly pear
And you prick a raw paw
Next time beware
Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw
When you pick a pear
Try to use the claw
But you don't need to use the claw
When you pick a pear of the big pawpaw
Have I given you a clue ?

The bare necessities of life will come to you
They'll come to you!

So just try and relax, yeah cool it
Fall apart in my backyard
'Cause let me tell you something little britches
If you act like that bee acts, uh uh
You're working too hard

And don't spend your time lookin' around
For something you want that can't be found
When you find out you can live without it
And go along not thinkin' about it
I'll tell you something true

The bare necessities of life will come to you




While studying Horace’s Ode 1.1, its overall message reminded me of a song from one of my favorite movies as a child. In 1.1, Horace evaluates the pursuits of other people, largely criticizing them for straying from simplicity and neglecting what is truly important in their lives. This philosophy coincided with that found in Jungle Book’s “The Bare Necessities.” In a more straightforward fashion, the Disney song beseeches the audience to strip one’s life down to its simplest form and cherish life’s simplest pleasures. The author of the song includes the couplet, “Wherever I wander, wherever I roam / I couldn't be fonder of my big home.” These words can be directly related to a section of 1.1, where Horace writes that the merchant fearing the southwest wind wrestling with Icarian waves (“lucantem…fluctibus”) praises leisure and the fields of his own town (“opoidi”). Here, Horace says that in the merchant’s incessant search for material gain, his greatest source of pleasure will always be his home. Likewise, Phil Harris writes in his song that the home will remain the most cherished possession, regardless of where life leads us. Thus, both authors ask of the reader to stay attached to one’s roots. There are also a few lines in the song that read, “And don't spend your time lookin' around / For something you want that can't be found / When you find out you can live without it / And go along not thinkin' about it.” This message can be applied to the merchant, who spends his life in pursuit of wealth. Phil Harris would probably say to him that he could just as easily live without all of that wealth; instead he could focus on his family and hold a more modest and less time-consuming profession. Likewise, Horace scorns the hunter for being heedless of his tender bride (“immemor…coniugis”); he disapproves of the fact that his occupation comes before his own wife—the most important part of his life. A spouse would surely qualify as one of life’s “bare necessities.” Like Horace, the song preaches to the audiences about concentrating on life’s fundamental and most critical components. If any pursuit forces one to deviate from these core aspects, than it ought not to be a pursuit at all.


​Ode 1.11

Tu ne quaesieris, scire nefas, quem mihi, quem tibi
finem di dederint, Leuconoe, nec Babylonios
temptaris numeros. ut melius, quicquid erit, pati,
seu pluris hiemes seu tribuit Iuppiter ultimam,
quae nunc oppositis debilitat pumicibus mare
Tyrrhenum: sapias, uina liques, et spatio breui
spem longam reseces. dum loquimur, fugerit inuida
aetas: carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.




Seize the Day- Avenged Sevenfold

Seize the day or die regretting the time you lost
It's empty and cold without you here, too many people to ache over

I see my vision burn, I feel my memories fade with time
But I'm too young to worry
These streets we travel on will undergo our same lost past

I found you here, now please just stay for a while
I can move on with you around
I hand you my mortal life, but will it be forever?
I'd do anything for a smile, holding you 'til our time is done
We both know the day will come, but I don't want to leave you

I see my vision burn, I feel my memories fade with time
But I'm too young to worry (a melody, a memory, or just one picture)

Seize the day or die regretting the time you lost
It's empty and cold without you here, too many people to ache over

Newborn life replacing all of us, changing this fable we live in
No longer needed here so where do we go?
Will you take a journey tonight, follow me past the walls of death?
But girl, what if there is no eternal life?

I see my vision burn, I feel my memories fade with time
But I'm too young to worry (a melody, a memory, or just one picture)

Seize the day or die regretting the time you lost
It's empty and cold without you here, too many people to ache over

Trials in life, questions of us existing here, don't wanna die alone without you here
Please tell me what we have is real

So, what if I never hold you, yeah, or kiss your lips again?
Woooaaah, so I never want to leave you and the memories of us to see
I beg don't leave me


The Epicurean themes of Horace’s poetry transcend time to provide pertinent philosophical advice to any generation of people. Seize the Day by Avenged Sevenfold contains themes of living in the moment and draws parallels with Ode 1.11. Horace’s poem starts off with instructing Leuconoe not to ask what fates the Gods have given to him- “ne quaesieris…quem tibi…finem di dederint.” He instructs Leuconoe not to consult Babylonian horoscopes, “Babylonionos numeros,” and to accept whatever fate will be. Thus, Horace expresses his philosophy that one should not be overly concerned with the future; the Gods are ultimately in control, so one should try their best to enjoy the present. To demonstrate his perception of simple pleasures, Horace tells Leuconoe to “uina liques,” or strain the wine. Similar to Horace, the song by Avenged Sevenfold conveys the sense that the future is uncertain and death unavoidable. He says that “We both know the day will come.” Although it is in reference to a relationship, it expresses the same notion that there will be an end. While it lasts, the artists asks of his girlfriend to “just stay for a while” and wants to “hold you ‘til our time is done.” Like Horace, Avenged Sevenfold recognizes that life, or a relationship, should be enjoyed while it lasts. “Seize the Day” also asks the question, “But Girl, what if there is no eternal life?” This line resonates with the same message that Horace attempts to get across: to some degree, the future is out of human hands. Horace also states that while they are talking, grudging time will already have fled- “fugerit inuida aetas,” and to “carpe diem,” or seize the day. In similar fashion, the chorus of the song by Avenged Sevenfold includes the line, “Seize the day, or die regretting the time you lost.” Both artists declare here that life ought to enjoyed moment by moment, or else those moments will regrettably pass. Time is short, and can be easily wasted.






Catullus 30

Alfene immemor atque unanimis false sodalibus,
iam te nil miseret, dure, tui dulcis amiculi?
Iam me prodere, iam non dubitas fallere, perfide?
Ned facta impia fallacum hominum caelicolis placent.
Quae tu neglegis ac me miserum deseris in malis.
Eheu quid faciant, dic, homines cuive 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
ventos irrita ferre ac nebulas aereas sinis.
Si tu oblitus es, at di meminerunt, meminit Fides,
quae te ut paeniteat postmodo facti faciet tui.






Who Knew- Pink

You took my hand, you showed me how
You promised me you'd be around
Uh huh, that's right

I took your words and I believed
In everything you said to me
Yeah huh, that's right

If someone said three years from now
You'd be long gone
I'd stand up and punch them out
Cause they're all wrong

I know better
Cause you said forever
And ever, who knew?

Remember when we were such fools
And so convinced and just too cool
Oh no, no no

I wish I could touch you again
I wish I could still call you a friend
I'd give anything

When someone said count your blessings now
For they're long gone
I guess I just didn't know how
I was all wrong

But they knew better
Still you said forever and ever
Who knew? Yeah yeah

I'll keep you locked in my head
Until we meet again
Until we, until we meet again
And I won't forget you my friend
What happened?

If someone said three years from now
You'd be long gone
I'd stand up and punch them out
Cause they're all wrong

And that last kiss I'll cherish
Until we meet again
And time makes it harder
I wish I could remember

But I keep your memory
You visit me in my sleep
My darling, who knew?

My darling
My darling, who knew?
My darling I miss you
My darling, who knew?

Who knew?


Analysis:

It was exciting to discover that one of Pink’s greatest and most sentimental songs, Who Knew, explored the same themes of love and betrayal found in Catullus’s Poem 30. Although in slightly different tones, both artists describe a lover, or "friend," who lured them into a sense of security and trust, only to later exploit them. Pink bemoans that “I took your words/ And I believed/ In everything/ You said to me…” Furthemore, Pink felt that their relationship was secure, to such an extent that “If someone said three years from now/ You’d be long gone/ I’d stand up and punch them out/ Cause they’re all wrong…” Similarly, Catullus denigrates Alfenus for instilling in him a false sense of security and mutual devotion. Caullus writes that Alfenus was leading him into love- “inducens in amorem,” as if everything would be safe for him- “quasi tuta omnia mi forent.” On the same note, both artists comment on an incongruity between their lovers’ words and deeds. Directed at her lover, Pink reminds him that “Still you said forever,” indicating that she was lead to believe that those words were genuine. Catullus also blasts Alfenus with some iambs, writing that “tua dicta omnia factaque/ vento irrita ferre ac nebulas aereas sinis,” meaning, “you allow the winds and airy clouds to carry away unfulfilled your words and all your deeds.” Thus, Alfenus failed to “fulfill” his words. Both Pink and Catullus are left surprised and upset when their relationships expire. However, the emotional pain inflicted is magnified because of their lovers’ betrayal and deceitfulness.






Catullus 5

Vivamus, mea Lesbia, atque amemus,
rumoresque senum severiorum
omnes unius aestimembus assis!
soles occidere et redire possunt;
nobis, cum seme occidit brevis lux,
nox est perpetua una dormienda do 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 invidere possit
cum tantum sciat esse basiorum.




Bleeding Love - Leona Lewis
Closed off from love, I didn't need the pain
Once or twice was enough and it was all in vain
Time starts to pass before you know it you're frozen

But something happened for the very first time with you
My heart melted to the ground, found something true
And everyone's looking 'round, thinking I'm going crazy

But I don't care what they say, I'm in love with you
They try to pull me away but they don't know the truth
My heart's crippled by the vein that I keep on closing

You cut me open
And I keep bleeding, keep, keep bleeding love
I keep bleeding, I keep, keep bleeding love
Keep bleeding, keep, keep bleeding love

You cut me open

Trying hard not to hear but they talk so loud
Their piercing sounds fill my ears try to fill me with doubt
Yet I know that the goal is to keep me from falling

But nothing's greater than the rush
That comes with your embrace
And in this world of loneliness I see your face
Yet everyone around me thinks that I'm going crazy
Maybe, maybe

But I don't care what they say, I'm in love with you
They try to pull me away but they don't know the truth
My heart's crippled by the vein that I keep on closing

You cut me open
And I keep bleeding, keep, keep bleeding love
I keep bleeding, I keep, keep bleeding love
Keep bleeding, keep, keep bleeding love
You cut me open

And it's draining all of me
Oh, they find it hard to believe
I'll be wearing these scars for everyone to see

I don't care what they say, I'm in love with you
They try to pull me away but they don't know the truth
My heart's crippled by the vein that I keep on closing

You cut me open
And I keep bleeding, keep, keep bleeding love
I keep bleeding, I keep, keep bleeding love
Keep bleeding, keep, keep bleeding love

You cut me open
And I keep bleeding, keep, keep bleeding love
I keep bleeding, I keep, keep bleeding love
Keep bleeding, keep, keep bleeding love

You cut me open
And I keep bleeding, keep, keep bleeding love


Universal themes of love permeate both “Bleeding Love” and “Catullus 5.” One that each share is the notion lovers should not listen to or regard the commentary of outside parties, for, if happiness is attained, nothing else matters. Both artists proclaim their yearning for their lover, as Catullus says “Let us live…and let us love,” while Leona states that “nothing’s greater than the rush that comes with your embrace.” Both pieces go on to acknowledge the disapproval of others, but declare their indifference. Catullus values “all the rumors of rather severe old men at one penny,” and Leona maintains that “I don’t care what they say.” Gossip and rumors, normally sources of concern and interest, fade into the background for these two artists. Additionally, both artists include physical manifestations of their passion to sufficiently illustrate it. Catullus emphasizes his need for thousands of kisses, as Leona keeps on “bleeding love.”