See West’s Notes at: West, D. Horace Odes I Carpe Diem: Text, Translation and Commentary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, (1995) pp.136-141
Here I change the destination from abroad to home and make the physical journey of the original into a career journey. By using the term poetry blueprint I mean to imply that this previously ‘gritty’ northern poet, true to his own voice, is looking for a blueprint that will likely guarantee his success and acceptance by the ‘poetry establishment’ In other words, I am suggesting here that just as Iccius sold out his pursuit of philosophy to pursue fame and excitement through war, so too is the Chris in my poem selling out his true northern, authentic soul in order to gain glory and success – he is prepared to journey from the real roots of poetry in order to move up the poetic hierarchy.
I have, as with all my other versions located my poems within my own landscape and have maintained my north/south divide (the equivalent of the Rome/Greek divide of the originals)
I try to capture the movement and idea of ‘impossibility’ in Horace by suggesting that before Chris is likely to meet the acceptance and success he craves, it is more likely that the River Tees would flow upwards to the Cleveland Hills.