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WOLF AND THE CASKET; OR THE UNITY OF THE ILIAD, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Though wolf, in hypercritic zeal, insists
Last Line: The war from fight to fight, from book to book.
Subject(s): Homer (10th Century B.c.); Poetry & Poets; Wolf, Friedrich August (1795-1824); Iliad; Odyssey


Though Wolf, in hypercritic zeal, insists
On breaking up that old Ionian harp,
And parcels out to many melodists
The Chian's lonely fame, - he cannot warp
Our common sense, pervert our natural taste;
Great Aristotle, and that warrior-youth
Of old, held simpler views of Epic truth;
Master and pupil felt his unity;
And, when the monarch in his casket placed
The roll, the verdict of a world he took:
In truth, a plural Homer cannot be!
One Muse maintains the quarrels and the loves,
One ardent voice, like Heaven-sent Ossa, moves
The war from fight to fight, from book to book.





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