Today’s new poet is Jean Racine, 1638 – 1699, one of the great flowering of French dramatists in the 17th century. See his poet page with portrait here, the blog post with illustration here and hear an extract from his great play Phèdre here in French with an English translation

Calliope, the muse of epic poetry, with the poet Homer.

Do you love poetry? Are you interested in English and European writers? Great European literature from the middle ages to the twentieth century was hugely influenced by Latin poets like Virgil, Horace and Catullus – but if you are less than fifty or sixty years old, the chances are  you haven’t been able to meet these giants at first hand because you didn’t learn Latin at school. There are translations, but why not get a true flavour of the original? Pantheon Poets gives you the poems in Latin with a close translation and a recording, so you can get a feeling for what it felt and sounded like, as well as follow what it means. If you do know Latin and already love its poetry, I hope Pantheon Poets will help you to enjoy it to the full. We will also be posting poems in English and other languages, sometimes because they show the influence the great Latin poets have had, but sometimes simply because we like them. Welcome to the site, and enjoy it!