The ancient Roman poet famous for his "Odes" is Quintus Horatius Flaccus, also known as Horace. Horace was born on December 8, 65 B.C. in Venusia, Italy and died on November 27, 8 B.C. He was a Latin lyric poet, a literary critic and a satirist who lived under the reign of Augustus.Know More
Horace was the son of a freed slave who sent him to one of the most highly regarded schools in Rome, the Grammaticus Orbilius. He later left Rome and enrolled in The Academy in Athens, which was established by Plato. Horace was introduced to Greek lyric poetry in Athens, which later influenced his own work. After the death of Julius Caesar, Horace was recruited to join the military where he was appointed as a high ranking staff officer in Brutus's army. Horace fought and lost in the Battle of Philippi when Brutus's army was defeated. He fled the field leaving his shield behind, but was soon offered amnesty by Augustus and moved to Rome where he worked as a clerk.
Horace's poetic career started under Augustus when he wrote the first three books of the "Odes," "The Epodes." The "Odes" span a vast genre of themes and address everyday matters, such as love, joy and life. The "Odes" have influenced the works of some of the greatest poets, including Alexander Pope, Robert Frost and Wystan Hugh Auden.Learn more about Poetry
One fact about the poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou is that she was born Marguerite Annie Johnson. Her professional name is a combination of her childhood nickname "Maya," which her brother Bailey bestowed on her, and the shortened nickname of her first husband Anastasios Angelopulos, a Greek sailor and aspiring musician. Angelou's most celebrated literary work was her autobiographical book "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."Full Answer >
Metrical patterns refer to the way a poet creates rhythm by arranging stressed and unstressed syllables within a line of poetry. Along with the length of the line, metrical patterns are the most basic technique a poet employs to create rhythm. Poets utilize a number of different metrical patterns to this end.Full Answer >
Maya Angelou contributed to black history as a poet, activist, singer, dancer, actor, screenwriter and author of the memoir and first nonfiction bestseller by an African-American, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." She won dozens of awards for her artistic works and held over 50 honorary degrees.Full Answer >
InspirationalStories.com features Raymond A. Foss's poem "Your Usher," which honors the position of church usher, as the poet reflects on an usher he once knew. The poem is brief at only ten lines and could be easily read at an usher's anniversary.Full Answer >