Category: poetry

The ancient Roman orator and politician Cicero once wrote poetry! And it was notoriously poor, too.

Over a hundred years after Cicero’s death, the Roman historian Tacitus quipped that Julius Caesar and Brutus wrote poetry too, and “though they were no better poets than Cicero, they were more fortunate, because fewer people know about their poetic endeavors.”

Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.

A clay tablet, found near the ruined Temple of Zeus in the ancient city of Olympia, Greece, could be the oldest written record of The Odyssey. The tablet was uncovered by archaeologists and tentatively dated to the Roman-era 200s CE.

It is engraved with 13 verses from the Odyssey’s fourteenth book,
in which Odysseus speaks to his lifelong friend Eumaeus, the first person he sees on his return from his decade away from home.

The San Francisco Examiner, California, August 1, 1954

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The Los Angeles Times, California, October 20, 1925

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The Daily Utah Chronicle, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 1, 1958

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The Minneapolis Star, Minnesota, September 25, 1943

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Heaven won’t fail the dedicated heart. Sleeping on brushwood and tasting gall, 3,000 Yue soldiers at long last can defeat the Wu.

Peter Newell’s Pictures and Rhymes, 1899

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Peter Newell’s Pictures and Rhymes, 1899

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