By C. M Bowra
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This standpoint is perfectly human, and there is much tragic beauty as well as eternal truth in Virgil's Sack of Troy. In war horror and muddle inevitably play a large part, and Virgil added a new realm to poetry when he wrote about them. No ordinary soldier will deny the reality and the realism of this famous narrative, from the simple but cunning device of the Wooden Horse, which brings the invaders inside the beleaguered city, to the final scene where the conquerors collect the booty and place a guard over it, while the prisoners wait in a long row by them.
His epic is the record of his high Puritan hopes, of a universe thoroughly mapped and explained, with every main question settled to his satisfaction. Yet in his poetry we cannot fail to mark a contrast between the triumphant pride of his earlier Puritanism and the defeats of his old age. It is because his world has fallen on evil days that he sees more clearly the worth of his beliefs. His gloom made the blind old poet more determined to portray the ultimate harmony of the universe and the true nature of human virtue.
He acts like this because he is the kind of man to set his own pride His limbs grow faint and cold, And, wailing, his indignant life takes flight. 47 VIRGIL AND THE IDEAL OF ROME before any other consideration. He fails to see how great are the powers that fight for Aeneas and believes that his own destiny can match them. He is therefore blind to the portents and deaf to the prophecies which reveal the meaning of Aeneas' arrival in Italy and affects to believe that the mere arrival of Aeneas is all that matters and that with it the oracles are fulfilled.