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Poetry appreciation

FARNHAM, SURREY: Seven Olympians - Ovid

Date: Monday 30 October, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Price: £15
Venue address:
The Oak Lounge, Mercure Bush Hotel, The Borough, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7NN

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Consummate showman and stand-up comic that he was, and still is, nearly 2000 years on, Ovid would have relished the fact that the English-speaking world’s short version of his name is divo, male equivalent of a diva, but only when spelled backwards.

But so often the Ovid we admire is the metrical gymnast making us gasp over and over again at the outrageous virtuosity of his mastery of form and content, the parallel bars which his poetry performs on so fluently that the fine English translations we have now reveal him speaking with great naturalness to our own times. So modern does he sound, indeed, that the Italian writer and critic Giuseppe Pontiggia has even described him as a “contemporary of the future”.

(Phil Manning, at Seven Olympians Ovid Night in London)

“A wonderful lecture, both informative and entertaining”.
(Sally Jenner, at Seven Olympians Ovid Night in Lewes)


“Be patient and tough; one day this pain will be useful to you”.

"We are slow to believe that which, if believed, would hurt our feelings”.

“Chance is always powerful. Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be fish”.

“Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all”.


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