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Let us live and let us love Catullus!

Advantages: Funny, passionate, witty, sophisticated
Disadvantages: Sometimes the poetic technique seems more important than the emotions behind the poem

I’m not sure whether “selected poems” is supposed to refer to any particular edition/translation of Catullus, so I’ll describe my experiences with Catullus and if it’s off topic, well shucks to that. I, like most Latin students, had to read various bit ...

Muswell 01.04.2004 · Read full review
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Review of Selected Poems - Catullus

raunchy roman

Advantages: sex and swearing
Disadvantages: sex and swearing!

This collection of poems is highly original. Many people have been scared of classical poets for their inaccessibility, but this should not be the case with Catullus. He addresses those issues which contemporary society and indeed man continues to be plag ...

lewiscrofts 17.07.2000 · Read full review
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Review of Selected Poems - Catullus

Latin for the uneducated.

Advantages: Definitly different
Disadvantages: Just the slightest bit wordy

I picked up a copy of Catullus, quite by accident really. Looked interesting in an educated sort of way. And well it certainly opened my eyes, to *just* what the Roman has been doing. The vast majority of Catullus's work (at least what I've read of i ...

AmberHall 31.03.2006 · Read full review
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Review of Selected Poems - Catullus

Still being read because it's excellent!

Advantages: A wide range of themes; a wide range of poets
Disadvantages: Not all the poems will be to everybody's tastes.

This book was on the reading list for my poetry module at university. It is a collection of various poets writing under a wide range of themes: Body and soul; Roads and journeys; Growing up and In and out of love to name but a few. I believe that due to t ...

AgreeableSquid 25.03.2012 · Read full review
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