• PRESENCE AND THE FUTURE TENSE IN HORACE'S ODES

    Author(s):
    Daniel Barber (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    Ancient Greece & Rome, Classical Philology and Linguistics
    Subject(s):
    Greek and Latin poetry, History and theory of lyric, Latin
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Horace
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/g7s1-5h46
    Abstract:
    Horace is sometimes said to profess in the Odes a “poetics of presence”, a philosophical or aesthetic orientation that privileges the here and now. This paper examines how such an orientation toward the present might interact with the poet’s use of the future tense and especially with those future verbs that seem to postpone focal events. It is concluded that the Odes’ many gestures toward the future, from simple imperatives to the postponement of entire symposia, serve to problematize presence and to dramatize, in concert with other features of the collection, the anxious feeling that time is moving too quickly.
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