Works of War

The Boeotian and Chalcidian peoples were tamed by the sons of Athenians in works of war, Who quelled their arrogance in dark bonds of iron, And set up these horses as a tithe for Pallas. …from Herodotus’s Histories, Book 5, 5.78, describing the inscription...

Poets

If anyone comes to the gates of poetry and expects to become an adequate poet by acquiring expert knowledge of the subject without the Muses’ madness, he will fail, and his self-controlled verses will be eclipsed by the poetry of men who have been driven out of...

An affirming flame

Defenceless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair, Show an affirming...