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Catullus (Gaius Valerius Catullus, 85-55 BC), Roman poet, author of witty and erotic love poems. A historical, biographical, and literary study. Hermes series on classical authors.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 27th 1992 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 1904)
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Andy Chavez
Jul 07, 2014 Andy Chavez rated it it was amazing
I'm not usually one for overly flowery poetry ("I would kiss you 34392943593 times plus another million oh sweetest one") but there's just a certain something when reading Catullus that comes off as so sincere that I can't help but enjoy his verse. Along with the angry poems where he jealously warns his friends against touching his boyfriend are hilariously common with us in the present. I can seriously picture Catullus being alive today and being habitual emoji abuser and referring to all his ...more
Carrie
Jun 20, 2014 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Helps to have read a "normal" translation perhaps, because it actually makes no sense. But it is a brilliant not making sense. I liked the idea of knowing the original somewhat as a sort of palimpsest.
Anna North
Zukofsky tries to preserve both the sound and sense of the original Latin. He fails. My copy had a madman's scrawls in it -- bescrawled is the best way to read these poems.
Matthew
Mar 30, 2013 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Before reading this book, my understanding of Catullus was that he was this clever, wink-at-the-reader kind of poet whose writing was unbelievably ahead of its time (you could easily mistake it for the writing of a contemporary author) and who occasionally dipped into some erotic content. Truly, he's great in sound bytes.

Now my understanding of Catullus is that he seemed to be a master of three kinds of writing: that clever wink-at-the-reader playfulness, no-holds-barred crudeness (sometimes for
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Nirmal
Jun 20, 2014 Nirmal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a biography of Catullus within the backdrop of ongoing troubles at Rome of Catullus’ time. It also has a selection of Catullus’ poems and some interesting info like how Catullus’ poems were lost for more than thousand years but miraculously survived after the discovery of one manuscript in 14th/15th century.

According to one book (‘My mistress Sparrow is Dead’, edited by Jeffrey Eugenides) Catullus is the 1st author to writer of Love story. It is presented in his Lesbia poems. Lesbia was
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Austin Macauley
Jun 20, 2014 Austin Macauley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On a dreary October day in Newcastle, Paul has no idea that his life is about to change forever. Reluctant to attend the party of an old university friend, a chance encounter finds Paul in the company of his dream girl and causes him to question his life, his goals and whether he can live without her. The two soul mates embark on their journey with destiny, but without her name, address or any way of making contact, will Fate ensure that they meet again? Paul undertakes a journey of discovery in ...more
Manuel
Jun 20, 2014 Manuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Odi et amo. Quare id faciam, fortasse requiris?
Nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.

Catullus taught me that just because you're in emotional turmoil because the love of your life, an unstable, married, possibly incestuous woman, breaks your heart and your homeland is going through some of the worst political turmoil in its long history, doesn't mean you can't be pithy.

For this and also all of the sex jokes, Manuel is a dick because of Catullus.
Daniel
Jan 13, 2015 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is my favorite poet. He has a satirical wit and a serene flow of thought. I say, he is the greatest poet. To be followed by Horace, Terence and etc...
Deni
Oh. My. Gosh...

Catullus is my one true love..... seriously... lol
I am in love with his poetry...
Trina
Dec 17, 2009 Trina rated it really liked it
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This rather anachronistic, decidedly un-bowdlerized translation of Catullus' poems is my favorite of the translations I've read so far. It's overtly bawdy and poignant by turns.
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For Latin poetry, it's pretty damn good.
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Gaius Valerius Catullus (ca. 84 BC – ca. 54 BC) was a Roman poet of the 1st century BC. His surviving works are still read widely, and continue to influence poetry and other forms of art. Catullus invented the "angry love poem."
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