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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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A real Marvell

Advantages: Stong visual images
Disadvantages: can take a fair bit of getting into

Andrew marvel is one of the Metaphysical poets - a group who were not a conscious movement but who were about contemporary to Shakespeare. Other names include John Donne, George Herbert and Thomas Carrew. There are some others who might or might not belon ...

Bryn_Pearson 21.02.2002 · Read full review
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Review of Selected Poems - Andrew Marvell