from The Anger Poem by Horace

Anger is what broke Thyeste’s life
And many shining cities went down brick
By brick before anger, and aggressive
Battalions ran their ploughs in great

Delight over ground covering those walls.
Calm your mind. Heat tempted
Me in my sweet early days, and sent
Me deeply mad to one-sided poems. Now

I want to replace those sour lines with
Sweet lines; now, having sworn off harsh
Attacks, I want you to become
My friend, and give me back my heart.

translated by Robert Bly

4 thoughts on “from The Anger Poem by Horace

  1. Perhaps we must all go through both to be able to make a decision. The anger lasts longer in some than others but I think one needs to experience both. Another wonderful poem.

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