Ovid (43 BCE-17 CE)

“Soft words
Remove harsh door-chains. There’s magic in poetry, its power
Can pull down the bloody moon,
Turn back the sun, make serpents burst asunder
Or rivers flow upstream.”

  • From The Amores (2.1.22-26) by Ovid, translated by Peter Green in The Erotic Poems (Penguin Classics, 1982).

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