Here we have a poet and a vintner who connects the magic between wine and poetry.  Wine can be poetic in its effects, and poetry can be an outpouring.  They both involve alchemy.

May you find joy and bedazzlement in the unplanned, the unexpected and the pathless.

‘Poetry and wine are liminal things.  They live on the borderlands between the wild and the civilized, between reason and irrationality.  Their territory is the unplanned, the unexpected, the pathless.’

See also the quote-mosaic review of Harry Eyres’ splendid book on the charm and continuing relevance of Horace.

 

Source: Harry Eyres, Horace and Me: Life Lessons from an Ancient Poet (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), pp. 48-49

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‘Wine and poetry are quite alike in their natures and their effects.  Both are the result of a sort of alchemy: ordinary common or garden words, the rough currency of conversation, are transformed in poetry into immortal phrases and lines.  The mysteries of fermentation and aging turn grape juice, a fairly unmagical substance, into something that can live as long as a human being, and share human complexity.  Above all, wine and poetry share a god.’

Source: Harry Eyres, Horace and Me: Life Lessons from an Ancient Poet (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), pp. 48-49

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