Ode 1.5
quis multa gracilis te puer in rosa
perfusus liquidis urget odoribus
grato, Pyrrhasub antro?
cui flavam religas comam,
simplex munditiis? heu quotiens fidem
mutatosque deos flebit et aspera
nigris aequora ventis
emirabitur insolens,
qui nunc te fruitur credulus aurea,
qui semper vacuam, semper amabilem
sperat, ne scius aurae
fallacis! miseri, quibus
intemptata nites. me tabula sacer
votivaparies indicat uvida
suspendisse potenti
vestimenta maris deo.

The Will Smith AKA "The Fresh Prince" having a common idea with Horace?! Psh! PUH-LEASE!

Will Smith, well known for his roles in great movies and shows as well as "clean" rap and music style, shares a view in this old song of his featuring DJ Jazzy Jeffy, "Girl AIn't Nothing but Trouble."
Now, in Horace's ode 1.5, Horace speaks of a girl name Pyrrah, whom boys seem to fall in love with based on what they see and the manner she presents herself. But Horace, well experience with love like hers, perhaps having even experienced her, realizes what she does to boys and how she lures them in. Just like the ancient Sirens do. Horace in the end of the ode speaks about a wet garment that he hangs up as an offering to the powerful god of the sea. This was usually done by sailors who had just nearly escaped shipwreck. This shipwreck was caused by the violent sea, which is understood to be Pyrrha earlier in the ode. Horace recognizes Pyrrah and her appearance to other men as a false depiction, a lure to bring them in. Using her auburn hair and tying it back, appearing golden and appearing shining. He understands this and feels bad for the boy whom she traps, shown when he says "Alas!".
Now WIll Smith, in this song, speaks about three or four different scenarios in which a girl deceived him. DECEPTION! THERE IS THE RELATION BETWEEN THE TWO! Will Smith is deceived by the first girl, who lures him in by calling him sweet things and caresssing him (as can be seen in the video) the next moment, she takes his wallet and cries out rape! Now the Fresh Prince has been arrested and confused. The next girl acts as if she were single, but when she takes him home, her boyfriend comes in and almost kills poor Will! That girl played with Will and made him think she was single. What trickery. As well, when he jumps out the window to escape the husband, he gets caught in a snowstorm. Here he gets wet because of a girl. Now in Horace's ode, doesn't Horace hang up his wet garments that became wet after a girl "shipwrecked" him in a sense. In total, The Fresh Prince and Horace both share an idea of girls causing trouble and providing a different image then what is really there, as well as keeping the idea of deception in their works.



Ode 2.3
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.

Bobby Mcferrin and Horace philosophic buddies?! No way!?!

Horace, less crazy than Catullus, but still odd in his hippie like manners, expresses in this poem a lack of worry and a need to enjoy what is present. In ode 2.3, Horace tells Dellius to order the slaves to bring wine and ointments and very short flowers of a charming rose here.Horace desires that Dellius enjoy everything possible, no matter what, while he still lives. He also tells him to give way to certain items, meaning that he shouldn't be attached to these things and worry of their upholding. As well, Horace tells Dellius that it matters not where you came from, whether born rich or poor, because we all end up in the same place. Horace here is telling the man once again that it doesn't matter what we do in life because we will all end in the same place.
But wait, what does this have to do with Bobby McFerrin? Well, songwriter Bobby McFerrin expresses basically the same principals that Horace does but in a manner that we can plainly understand and can even whistle the tune to. In the song, "Don't Worry Be Happy," Bobby throughout the whole song says, "Don't worry be happy." Clever man, because just like Horace in the poems we have seen so far, he continues to express the idea of not preoccupying your mind and enjoying the time being. In the song, there is a line concerning losing one's bed and having no place to lay their head. He also mentions losing your home "apartment". Well what do you know, so does Horace in his ode, except with the words, "country house" and "house". And even after they lose their place to live they both continue with the idea of not worrying and being happy/enjoying the time being. Another line in the song concerns having no money, no style and no girl. Well, in Roman culture, men with money, extravagantly colored clothes and having a young girl was considered nice and comfortable. But Horace, just as good Mr.McFerrin says, it doesn't matter if you don't have these things(or aren't born into them as Horace says), keep living and enjoy life. Don't worry, be happy. Both Horace and Bobby McFerrin use this continuously in their individual odes and song to emphasize that to live happy now is better to live miserable.

















Poem 116

Sape tibi studiose, animo venante, requirens
carmina uti possem mittere Battiadae,
qui te lenirem nobis, neu conarere
tela infest <meum> mittere in usque caput,
hunc video mihi nunc frustra sumptum esse laborem,
Gelli, nec nostras hinc valuisse preces.
contra nos tela ista tua evitabimus acta,
at fixus nostris tu dabis supplicum.

How can you compare the lyrical genius of Common to the cruel and aggresive words of Catullus, Dan?

In the song "Gladiator," by Common and Poem 116 by Catullus, they are both addressing someone. This person they are addressing both have the intention of doing harm or have no regard for Common or Catullus. In Catullus' case, Gellius does not care that Catullus is trying to make friends with him, and we can assume this from when Catullus says he wishes to calm him (Gellius) to him, so that he doesn't receive any spears to the head. For Common, he expresses that his opposer attempts to violate him (3rd verse) and offend him with rather weak raps and rebuttles. (1st verse).
In both compositions, the persons against Common and Catullus are warned that what they try to do will result in them being punished or harmed in return. Common states,"...don't violate or you'll get violated." (3rd verse), that he will, "...start fights." (1st verse) and that he will "...defeat your army like this is Sparta." (3rd verse). Catullus' as well warns Gellius that he will avoid the "spears" he sends and send to Gellius "spears" of his own to punish him. Both give warning that they will not be passive about the actions done to them.
One final relation between the two is the use of words as weapons. The "spears" in Catullus' poem are interpreted as words. meaning that he will retaliate to the harsh remarks of Gellius with even more harsh words and insults. This can be seen through the other poems where Catullus criticizes his friends, such as Rufus, Raudus, and Alfenius for their incompetences and flaws. Common in his song clearly states in the second verse, "...my word is the sword, my skill is the shield." In saying this, all the times he uses the word "steel", it is to be understood that it is his words that does the action his sword does. (Steel=sword=words). Both use words rather than physical actions to take down the opposition. Both Common and Catullus are master of their arts, using harsh words and insulting phrases to degrade the opponent.
As well, keep in mind that Rap and Hip Hop have been found to be an aggressive form of music that only depicts violence, sex, and drugs. This rap depicts violence in the form of verbal attacks, just as Catullus, where he instead expresses his attack towards someone on paper.





Catullus 43

Salve, nec minimo puella naso
nec bello pede nec nigris ocellis
nec longis digitis nec or sicco
nec sane nimis elegante lingue.
decoctories amica Formiani
ten pronvincia narrat esse bellam?
tecum Lesbia nostra comparatur?
o saeclum insipiens et inficetum!

How did Dan ever compare such a great song with a looney's poem?
In Catullus' poem 44, he speaks to a random girl and begins to describe the things she doesn't have. When he describes the absence of these features on her,( with neither the smallest of noses, nor with the prettiest of feet, nor with blacky eyes, now with long fingers, etc.) he is describing the features of his one true, obsessive love, Lesbia. The opposite of everything this girl has is a feature of Lesbia, and this reminds the mad Catullus of his love and admiration for her. Thus in this great song by Guns 'N Roses, when
he mentions her eyes and what he thinks of them, it is just as Catullus sees this girl's eyes and snaps to thoughts of Lesbia. The physical features of this girl in both Guns 'N Roses' song and Catullus' song both trigger memories of other things, one of memories and things happy, and the other of another woman(Lesbia). Both of these bring happiness to the author/singer