Prodesse et delectare  

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"Aut prodesse volunt aut delectare poetae" (English: "to instruct and to delight" or to "please and educate") is Horace's definition of the aims of poetry (Ars Poetica verse 333).

„Aut prodesse volunt, aut delectare Poetae,
Aut simul et jucunda et idonea dicere vitae. [1]
Poets aim either to benefit, or to amuse,
or to utter words at once both pleasing and helpful to life
Omne tulit punctum qui miscuit utile dulci,
lectorem delectando pariterque monendo;
He wins every hand who mingles profit with pleasure,
by delighting and instructing the reader at the same time.[2]

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