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The Art of Poetry of Horace by Horace
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Jun 08, 11

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Upon reading Horace's The Art of Poetry, I realized that this man was a great people watcher. Having understood what a great writer needed to do to satisfy his audience, it would only be natural that he would know what to look for which made him a great observer. Out of all the classical philosophers, Horace would be the one I can agree with the most because I would like to think that literature is meant for pleasure as well as for education. Not only that but I agree with his point that some writers try to overdo it in an attempt to get some time under the limelight. Horace suggested that writers should be unique in their writing, but above all, they shouldn't attempt to be another Homer or Virgil. After all, there can only be one of those guys, and it's up to you to make a name for yourself.
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