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Jennifer Ferriss-Hill

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691195025

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691195025.001.0001

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The End of the Poem

The End of the Poem

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Horace's Ars Poetica

Jennifer Ferriss-Hill

Princeton University Press

This chapter assesses the end of Horace's Ars Poetica. In considering the poem's final lines, the chapter returns to its opening ones, showing how they are linked through a concern with the visual and with making and creating in numerous manifestations. It proposes that the Ars Poetica be read as an ars poiētikē, art of creating, for Horace's interests lie in the overlap of all human pursuits. The source of Latin poetica—and with it “poet,” “poem,” and “poetry”—the Greek verb poiein is rather more wide ranging in its senses, encompassing “make, produce, bring into existence, cause, and do,” that is, making and creating in a multitude of forms. In addition, in concluding the Ars Poetica by indulging himself in a flight of the sublime, Horace ends the poem's conversation on creative endeavor by revealing definitively his superior and unmatchable mastery of the literary art.

Keywords:   Horace, Ars Poetica, poem, art of creating, human pursuits, poetica, poetry, poet, poiein, literary art

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