'Carpe Diem' is usually translated from the Latin of the Roman poet Horace in his Odes as 'seize the day' or sometimes as 'enjoy the day'. Lord Byron was the first to integrate the phrase into English in his 'Letters' of 1817: "I never anticipate, - carpe diem - the past at least is one's own, which is one reason for making sure of the present." The phrase has been enthusiastically absorbed into today’s language, perhaps especially since the cult film The Dead Poets’ Society (1989) used it as a neat summary of the story’s philosophy. The words are here set around a design based on a medieval clock face, linking the phrase with the concept of passing time. This bold decorative plaque makes a thought provoking and pertinent present for anyone with a special birthday or anniversary.... especially for someone who is retiring or hitting 60 – 70 – 80!
Fixing Points: the holes in the corners of the tile
Dimensions: 9.2cm x 9.5cm