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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

Depression in a book.

Advantages: Well written.
Disadvantages: Depressing.

Well, if you're too happy with your life and are having too good of a time, then I suggest that you read these poems. They can drag you down and sink you into a depression. Ok, I joke. But really, these poems show you what was going on in his mind at the ...

NickAlexander84 09.01.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Selected Poems - T.S. Eliot

Shakespeare and all That!

Advantages: Highly entertaining, approachable, wittily-illustrated guide
Disadvantages: Purists may cringe occasionally!

William Shakespeare would weep if he could see the manner in which his works are sometimes studied today. He would surely be bemused to see the seriousness with which lines of wit from his comedies have been dissected and analysed to extract their double ...

Discerna 02.03.2005 · Read full review
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Review of Shakespeare in a Nutshell: A Rhyming Guide to All the Plays - James Muirden