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The Student's Catullus by Catullus
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Dec 14, 07

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Catullus writes about literature and sex in gorgeous, but conversational tones. His work is a stirring reminder of how we deal with love and infidelity, and the constancy of human emotion across the millennia. Writing during the first century B.C.E., Catullus explicated his affair with and betrayal by a woman, pseudonym Lesbia, in volumes of Neoteric poetry. His poems were lost entirely for a time until a single manuscript edition turned up, thankfully preserving the work of this exceptional poet. Never, I think, in all the annals of literature has love in its complexities and failures been discussed in a more candid, concise, and wryly sentimental way than in Catullus' poetry. Should be read in the original Latin, if possible.
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