Even Homer nods
sometimes I suppose; or perhaps the great and the good become complacent.
Even the great Homer nods
, however, and Hendry couldn't make it nine out of nine.
Horace's Quandoque bonus dormitat Homerus ("Sometimes even old Homer nods
If Homer nods
, it is in the conclusion: "Gone forever was the talk of replicating other civilizations--a new Rome or a new Athens, even a new London.
"Even Homer nods
" is a salutary alternative to the prospect of works of literature as ideological doomsday machines that must, on principle, deconstruct themselves.
121 Homer nods
several times: line 9 should read 'that odd sting'; in line 38 Byron writes 'Pymalion' for 'Pygmalion', and even his spelling does not extend to 'beseeech' in line 42.
In 'Homer Nods
Too' (JNZL 9), Maurice Shadbolt places himself on a direct line of descent from Homer.
It is to Horace that we owe the observation that even the splendid Homer nods
occasionally, and to our own experience that not only great works of literature but important bodies of work by major writers have their low points.