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Catullus is a poet of many parts; his poems can be delicate and charming, violent and obscene, passionate, or restrained. No single poet has been able to capture this variety, but this collection presents Catullus in English in all his voices and genres. Spanning four centuries, Julia Gaisser's selection includes translations from Sidney and Jonson to Ezra Pound and Stevie Smith.
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Roman lyric poet, Gaius Valerius Catullus (c.84-c.54 BC) began writing at 16 and became friends with Cicero and Lucretius. Here he also met 'Lesbia', a married woman to whom he wrote passionate verses. He also wrote Society verses, fierce satiric poems, and descriptive mythological pieces.
Julia Haig Gaisser is Professor of Latin at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania.
Christopher Ricks is Professor of English at Boston University. He is series advisor to the Penguin Classics poetry list.
Roman lyric poet Gaius Valerius Catullus (c.84-c.54 BC) wrote Society verses, fierce satiric poems and descriptive mythological pieces. This collection presents Catullus in all his voices and genres, as well as translations from Sidney and Jonson, Ezra Pound and Stevie Smith.
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