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Letter from Poetry Magazine

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Humor is one of the hardest strains to bottle and save through time or send to folks with different locations or throats of experience, but surely any reader who wonders about Donald Hall’s humor-in-translation of Horace [“After Horace (Odes III, 5),” July/August 2005] (not your usual comic source anyway) is likely to feel more consternation or confusion than “humor” when—if—he looks up the original.

Odes III, 5 is a longish, serious poem that is unlikely to dazzle us latter-day readers and bears no resemblance to Hall’s poem, which is a pastiche of III, 15. Doesn’t anyone at Poetry know of these things, or look them up?

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This poem originally appeared in the December 2005 issue of Poetry magazine

  • Stephen Sandy studied poetry with Robert Lowell and Archibald MacLeish, earned a PhD from Harvard University, and traveled to Japan on a Fulbright Visiting Lectureship. He is the author of more than a half dozen collections of poetry and has been honored with fellowships from the National Endowment for the...

Letter from Poetry Magazine

Letter to the Editor

  • Stephen Sandy studied poetry with Robert Lowell and Archibald MacLeish, earned a PhD from Harvard University, and traveled to Japan on a Fulbright Visiting Lectureship. He is the author of more than a half dozen collections of poetry and has been honored with fellowships from the National Endowment for the...

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