Poems

Peter Jeffrey: ‘In the Piazza della Signoria’ and ‘Latin Lover’

In the Piazza della Signoria Salutations Benvenuto, Never mind your braggadocio, It took your cranky genius To come up with Il Perseo. Two tons of godlike arrogance Italian sprezzatura: Apollo of the Renaissance, Bellissima figura. Peter Jeffrey Latin Lover I used to know some Latin once, but that was long ago, To Lalage sweetly smiling I recited amabo. Ut and the subjunctive simply nothing to me then, Absolutely ablatives flowed glibly from my pen. Arma virumque cano is now as far as I can get With Virgil, and Horatius Flaccus I couldn’t translate for a bet; But I’ve bought a…

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