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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

Life on the Edge

Advantages: A fascinating man and a simply great poet
Disadvantages: It's almost all love poetry. So if you don't like that...

Robert Graves was not a man to let the past tell its own story. The front of my rather decrepit Penguin edition of his autobiography - and possibly his most famous work - 'Goodbye to All That', describes him as 'the greatest love-poet in English since Jo ...

emma-regina 09.11.2004 · Read full review
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Review of Selected Poems - Robert Graves

A new view of the War Poets

Advantages: Very good on the lives of the poets, during and after the conflict
Disadvantages: None

The majority of recent books published on the War Poets tend to focus on their lives during and immediately after the conflict. The book This enterprising and thoroughly engrossing account, named after the poem by Wilfred Owen, takes a different a ...

JOHNV 01.02.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Strange Meetings - Harry Ricketts