Post-Obits And The Poets

He unto whom thou art so partial,
Oh, reader! is the well-known Martial,
The Epigrammatist: while living,
Give him the fame thou wouldst be giving;
So shall he hear, and feel, and know it --
Post-obits rarely reach a poet.

by Marcus Valerius Martialis

Comments (4)

So elegant and meaningful!
This appeal contrasts to the idea that only dead poets are famous or get the respect they deserve. -GK
Such a true voice from the past
Such a great poem by Marcus Valerius Martialis............