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URCEUS EXIT

September 21, 2012

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URCEUS EXIT

(Austin Dobson — 1840-1921)

I intended an Ode,
And it turned to a Sonnet
It began a la mode,
I intended an Ode;
But Rose crossed the road
In her latest new bonnet;
I intended an Ode;
And it turned to a Sonnet.

Mason City Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa) Sep 24, 1929

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I went in search for the meaning of “urceus exit” and for the following from Bill Canoe on Yahoo Answers:

“The wheel turns, out comes a pot.” (Currit rota urceus exit.)

Added: “Kur-rit row-ta ur-key-us exit” (1)

Horace (65-8 B.C.), or Quintus Horatius Flaccus, was a Roman lyric poet, satirist, and literary critic.

Horace was reflecting on an artist who dreamed of producing beautiful amphorae (wine vessels) (turning them out of clay on his wheel) but instead produced pots.