• Daniel Barber deposited PRESENCE AND THE FUTURE TENSE IN HORACE’S ODES in the group Group logo of Classical Philology and LinguisticsClassical Philology and Linguistics on Humanities Commons 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Horace is sometimes said to profess in the Odes a “poetics of presence”, a philosophical or aesthetic orientation that privileges the here and now. This paper examines how such an orientation toward the present might interact with the poet’s use of the future tense and especially with those future verbs that seem to postpone focal events. It is concluded that the Odes’ many gestures toward the future, from simple imperatives to the postponement of entire symposia, serve to problematize presence and to dramatize, in concert with other features of the collection, the anxious feeling that time is moving too quickly.