“The glorious and the decent way of dying
is for one’s country. Run, and death will seize
You no less surely. The young coward, flying,
Gets his quietus in the back and knees.”
This exert from the poem The Odes has a very strong message of fighting for one’s country and not fleeing during battle. The poem is stating that the honorable way to die is for one’s country. If you are fighting in war and run from battle you will be considered a coward. The part of the poem that states “The young coward, flying, gets his quietus in the back and knees” is saying that if you are flying which refers to running away you will get your quietus which means you will be killed. Even in today’s society if you run during any war of fight you will be considered a coward and mocked by your country’s people.