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Catullus 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. The most popular of the Roman poets, Catullus is known for the accessibility of his witty and erotic love poems In this book Charles Martin, himself a poet, offers a deeper reading of Catullus, revealing the art and intelligence behind the seemingly spontaneous verse Martin considers Catullus s life, habits of composition, and the circumstances in which he worked He places him among the modernists of his age, who created a new ironic and subjective poetics, and he shows the affinity between Catullus and the modernists of our own age Martin offers original interpretations of Catullus s poems, viewing the love poems to Lesbia as a unified, artfully arranged poetic sequence, and the short poems, often dismissed as unworthy of serious critical attention, as the irreverent products of a sophisticated poetic innovator Unlike Horace, Virgil, and Ovid, Catullus did not influence our literary culture until the beginning of the modern era, but he is now regarded as a poet who speaks to our age with a singular directness Pointing to Catullus s self awareness, playfulness, and comic invention and to the elaborate complexity of his experiments in poetic form, Martin gives both the scholar and the general reader a fresh appreciation of his poetic art This is not actually a translation of Catullus, but a scholarly book ABOUT Catullus by Charles Martin, who HAS written a translation, but, as I said, this is not it It does INCLUDE translations, but only as they happen to come up in the discussion.My problems with this book are threefold First, it wasn t sure whether it wanted to be an introduction or a focused scholarly argument, so it ends up being a not quite there version of both This led to the second issue, that even where I was alrea This is not actually a translation of Catullus, but a scholarly book ABOUT Catullus by Charles Martin, who HAS written a translation, but, as I said, this is not it It does INCLUDE translations, but only as they happen to come up in the discussion.My problems with this book are threefold First, it wasn t sure whether it wanted to be an introduction or a focused scholarly argument, so it ends up being a not quite there version of both This led to the second issue, that even where I was already inclined to agree with something Martin was selling about Catullus, he was not always convincing Lastly, in terms of dealing with the sexual violence inherent in some of the poems, Martin has a tendency to stress Catullus formal cleverness at the expense of grappling with what makes certain poems distasteful to a modern reader Yes, the types of sexual activities Catullus threatens his frenemies with in poem 16 may form a clever chiasmus though that s debatable depending on how you define your terms , but let s not downplay the fact that he s talking about rape 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 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 humor, sometimes not , and then, incredibly, the cerebral genius who designed a perfectly chiastic series in poems 61 68.This book often presents the Latin but will never feel inaccessible to those who don t read Latin The English translation really plays up the coarseness of the language, which is important when trying to understand the impact of some of his lines There is so much we don t know about Catullus the man but this book is a great study on the writing itself 4.5 stars, I d recommend to anyone who enjoys Latin poetry or who has enjoyed a quote sound byte of Catullus at some point.I want to copy for you a paragraph from the final pages of this book Catullus differs from the other figures examined in the Hermes series in two important ways one is his accessibility to the general reader, and the other is his relative lack of influence on our literary culture before the beginning of the modern era While Horace, Virgil, and Ovid shaped our poetic meters and matters, Catullus lay hidden under his bushel Discovered as a source of influence by the Victorians and championed by the early modernists, he is now in a real sense one of us, a Latin poet who speaks to our age with a singular directness 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 forthan 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 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 forthan 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 his love She was a married woman with real name Clodia Initial Lesbia poems are happy and celebrating Catullus love for her While Catullus was treating it as committed love or should we infidelity with certain fidelity However Lesbia wasopen to havelovers including Catullus friend Rufa or Rufus Catullus was distraught with Lesbia s philandering s and Rufa s treachery His later Lesbia poems are thus full of invectives against Lesbia and Rufa Catullus poems are surprisingly modern due to their candidness, humor, and prose style and therefore highly readable and enjoyable even today 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 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 trying to find his mystery woman, but in the words of Dinah Washington, Love brings such misery and pain, I guess I ll never be the same, since I fell for you 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. For Latin poetry, it s pretty damn good. 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 Catullus 1990


About the Author: Catullus

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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