~HORACE 1.5~

Quis multa gracilis te puer in rosa
perfusus liquidis urget odoribus
grato, Pyrrha, sub antro?
cui flavam religas comam,

simplex muditiis? 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
votiva paries indicat uvida
suspendisse potenti
vestimenta maris deo.


LAST CHRISTMAS - WHAM! (1984)
Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, You gave it away
This year, to save me from tears
I'll give it to someone special

Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day, You gave it away
This year, to save me from tears
I'll give it to someone special

Once bitten and twice shy
I keep my distance but you still catch my eye
Tell me baby do you recognise me?
Well it's been a year, it doesn't surprise me

(Happy Christmas!) I wrapped it up and sent it
With a note saying "I Love You" I meant it
Now I know what a fool I've been
But if you kissed me now I know you'd fool me again

[Chorus]

(Oooh. Oooh Baby)

A crowded room, friends with tired eyes
I'm hiding from you and your soul of ice
My God I thought you were someone to rely on
Me? I guess I was a shoulder to cry on
A face on a lover with a fire in his heart
A man undercover but you tore me apart
Oooh Oooh
Now I've found a real love you'll never fool me again

[Chorus]

A face on a lover with a fire in his heart
(Gave you my heart)
A man undercover but you tore me apart
Next year
I'll give it to someone, I'll give it to someone special
special
someone
someone
I'll give it to someone, I'll give it to someone special
who'll give me something in return
I'll give it to someone
hold my heart and watch it burn
I'll give it to someone, I'll give it to someone special
I've got you here to stay
I can love you for a day
I thought you were someone special
gave you my heart
I'll give it to someone, I'll give it to someone
last christmas I gave you my heart
you gave it away
I'll give it to someone, I'll give it to someone

In Ode 1.5, Horace sings of the deceitfulness and deception of his former lover, Pyrrha. He writes that Pyrrha is a woman who has not only betrayed him and her previous lovers, but who is even betraying her current "Romeo." In this Ode, he writes of her being fake, of her having a false facade hiding her true, fiery self. He makes the point that beauty is merely "skin deep," and that it conceals the distasteful truth of individuals. Horace himself has implied that he had once sailed out into a relationship with Pyrrha, which he writes as being similar to the rough sea with "aspera aequora." However, unlike the others who fell into Pyrrha's Siren-esque trap, Horace has managed to avoid being "shipwrecked" ("uvida suspendisse ... vestimenta maris deo") with a broken heart. In Wham!'s 1984 Christmas hit, Last Christmas, George Michael sings of being deceived by his lover in a fashion similar to Horace in Ode 1.5. Michael has given his heart to the woman he loves, who then proceeded to crush him by immediately giving that love away. While Horace has escaped his stormy relationship with Pyrrha and has actually avoided heartbreak, he has similarly fallen victim to his lover's deception.



#3

~HORACE 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.



FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF (1986)


While reading Horace's 1.11, where the famous saying "Carpe Diem" was first written, I immediately drew a connection from his ode to the legendary film, Ferris Bueller's Day Off. In 1.11, Horace is giving his friend, Leuconoe advice to not worry about "what final fate the gods have given to me and you," but to live each and every day to the fullest without thinking about the future.The 1986 smash hit Ferris Bueller is a perfect example of the successful utilization of Horace's advice in modern day society. Rebellious and inspiring protagonist Ferris leads a life unrestricted by concern of the future, and throughout his day he quite simply does extraordinary things that most would not dare to even consider doing. At numerous points throughout the film does Bueller say his most famous line that is the main message of both the movie and Horace's ode written nearly two thousand years before; "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."


#2

~CATULLUS LXXXV~

Odi et amo. Quare id faciam, fortasse requiris.
Nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.

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In CATULLUS LXXXV, Catullus successfully illustrates the incredibly difficult situation he is in in terms of his relationship with Lesbia. Right off the bat, with the phrase "Odi et amo," Catullus instantly shows the reader the confusion he is experiencing with the two contrasting feelings of hatred and devotion that have taken control of his mind. His relationship with Lesbia, is that of a "love-hate relationship," and after reading this poem I had immediately thought of the celebrity relationship between famous actors Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in the 1960's and 1970's. Their relationship was one of the most famous in modern history, with their ten-year marriage of unparalleled love ending with divorce in 1974, though Burton and Taylor re-united after only one year of separation. Their relationship mirrors that of the relationship between Catullus and Lesbia, in the way that Catullus experiences feelings of strong hatred and of strong love towards Lesbia.



#1

~CATULLUS XLV~

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?




It is with Catullus' Poem 45 that I've drawn a connection to one of the most famous stories of love and one of the greatest Broadway hits, West Side Story. In West Side Story, it is love at first sight when Maria and Tony first lay eyes upon each other, and out on the fire escape of Maria's bedroom, the young lovers profess their intense and incredible love, similar to how Acme and Septimius professed their own love for one another in Catullus' Poem 45. Out on the fire escape, Maria sings to her new love "You're the only thing I'll see forever. In my eyes, in my words, and in everything I do, nothing else but you, ever," and is followed with Tony's reply, "And there's nothing for me but Maria...Always you, every thought l'll ever know, everywhere l go you'll be," which parallels the promulgations of love made by Acme and Septimius in Catullus' famous poem.


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