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Dazzling modern lyrical poems from Catullus - by turns smutty, abusive, romantic and deeply moving. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a Dazzling modern lyrical poems from Catullus - by turns smutty, abusive, romantic and deeply moving. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Catullus (c.84-54 BCE). Catullus's The Poems is available in Penguin Classics.


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Dazzling modern lyrical poems from Catullus - by turns smutty, abusive, romantic and deeply moving. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a Dazzling modern lyrical poems from Catullus - by turns smutty, abusive, romantic and deeply moving. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Catullus (c.84-54 BCE). Catullus's The Poems is available in Penguin Classics.

30 review for I Hate and I Love

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sean Barrs

    This is some very love sick poetry. Catullus is completely infatuated with his woman; he longs for her and truly, if somewhat naively, believes he can make her happy. The poems tell the story of how they came to eventually hold each other in the same reverence, but the majority of the collection is him pinning for her. The result is a despairing set of verses by a man who is completely enthralled, and driven, by his love for a woman. No woman loved, in truth, Lesbia As you by me; No love-faith fou This is some very love sick poetry. Catullus is completely infatuated with his woman; he longs for her and truly, if somewhat naively, believes he can make her happy. The poems tell the story of how they came to eventually hold each other in the same reverence, but the majority of the collection is him pinning for her. The result is a despairing set of verses by a man who is completely enthralled, and driven, by his love for a woman. No woman loved, in truth, Lesbia As you by me; No love-faith found so true As mine in you. The poems have varying styles, but all go back to the thing said in the title. Catullus loves her and he also hates the fact that he does; he hates the fact that he has become overcome by emotion. Overall, I did enjoy reading these, however, many of them felt very similar. I noticed that the publishers had taken many of the poems out in the full sequence, and this does not affect the overall understandably of it. I think this speaks volumes for the repetitive nature of these poems. Indeed, having read this I have no intention of reading the full work. This is not because I didn’t like these poems, but because I feel like this edition provides enough of the full picture that one needs. I really don’t think I could read through anymore poems that, on the basic level, say the same thing again and again. This edition gave me enough Catullus that I’ll ever need. Penguin Little Black Classic- 69 The Little Black Classic Collection by penguin looks like it contains lots of hidden gems. I couldn’t help it; they looked so good that I went and bought them all. I shall post a short review after reading each one. No doubt it will take me several months to get through all of them! Hopefully I will find some classic authors, from across the ages, that I may not have come across had I not bought this collection.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jibran

    I send Lesbia this valediction, succinctly discourteous: live with your three hundred lovers open your legs to them all (simultaneously) lovelessly dragging the guts out of each of them each time you do it, blind to the love I had for you once, and that you, tart, wantonly crushed as the passing plough-blade slashes the flower at the field's edge. I enjoyed this LBC so much that I immediately sought Catullus' complete poems, read Peter Green's and Peter Whigham's translations simultaneously, and reviewed I send Lesbia this valediction, succinctly discourteous: live with your three hundred lovers open your legs to them all (simultaneously) lovelessly dragging the guts out of each of them each time you do it, blind to the love I had for you once, and that you, tart, wantonly crushed as the passing plough-blade slashes the flower at the field's edge. I enjoyed this LBC so much that I immediately sought Catullus' complete poems, read Peter Green's and Peter Whigham's translations simultaneously, and reviewed them together HERE. This edition is a representative selection of love epigrams but not a single long poem is included in full. I understand LBC editions can't spare too many pages due to their size but readers should have had a taste of Catullus' epic and tragedy with at least one full sample of each, so as not to miss out on a vital part of the poet's art. Four stars nonetheless. Despite my reservations with Peter Whigham's translation, love epigrams included in this collection are crisply translated and worth a read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Catullus is the kind of man the new laws against revenge porn were made for. He's obsessive and bitter. When 'in love', he's sending verbal dick pics... 'I'll come at once for lolling on the sofa here with jutting cock and stuffed with food I'm ripe for stuffing you, my sweet Ipsithia' How could she refuse such a tempting invitation? When love is gone, it's all anger and vitrol... 'live with your three hundred lovers, open your legs to them all (simultaneously) lovelessly dragging the guts out of each of th Catullus is the kind of man the new laws against revenge porn were made for. He's obsessive and bitter. When 'in love', he's sending verbal dick pics... 'I'll come at once for lolling on the sofa here with jutting cock and stuffed with food I'm ripe for stuffing you, my sweet Ipsithia' How could she refuse such a tempting invitation? When love is gone, it's all anger and vitrol... 'live with your three hundred lovers, open your legs to them all (simultaneously) lovelessly dragging the guts out of each of them each time you do it, blind to the love that I had for you once, and that you, tart, wantonly crushed as the passing plough-blade slashes the flower at the field's edge' Now, I know nothing about the circumstances of his 'betrayal', but Lesbia seems to have made the right decision. I think my modern sensibilities override any appreciation I could have for Catullus. Still, he'd be popular on tumblr.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marjolein

    We didn't read this in school, so it was the first of Catullus that I read. It's another poetry collection. The title sums up quite well the problems that Catullus faces with the woman he loves, since it is clear that love and hate are not so different after all. While the poems feel rather modern, I didn't like them and totally get why we would have skipped this in school. ~Little Black Classics #69~ Find this and other reviews on my blog https://www.urlphantomhive.com We didn't read this in school, so it was the first of Catullus that I read. It's another poetry collection. The title sums up quite well the problems that Catullus faces with the woman he loves, since it is clear that love and hate are not so different after all. While the poems feel rather modern, I didn't like them and totally get why we would have skipped this in school. ~Little Black Classics #69~ Find this and other reviews on my blog https://www.urlphantomhive.com

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eunice Moral

    Oh wow! I enjoyed this one a lot! Oh Lesbia aren't you one hell of a woman, that this guy was so infatuated with you. And oh boy, Catullus holds nothing back! Loved this one! And the contemporary/modern feel to it made me gave it an extra star! Oh wow! I enjoyed this one a lot! Oh Lesbia aren't you one hell of a woman, that this guy was so infatuated with you. And oh boy, Catullus holds nothing back! Loved this one! And the contemporary/modern feel to it made me gave it an extra star!

  6. 5 out of 5

    CarolynMarieReads

    2.5* I really appreciated each poem, but I personally don't love when romantic poetry is blunt and "in your face." I typically prefer them to be delicate and subtle. This isn't really a literary critique on the poems themselves, but more of a personal preference! 2.5* I really appreciated each poem, but I personally don't love when romantic poetry is blunt and "in your face." I typically prefer them to be delicate and subtle. This isn't really a literary critique on the poems themselves, but more of a personal preference!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Darwin8u

    "I hate and I love. And if you ask me how, I do not know: I only feel it, and I'm torn in two." - Catullus, "85" Vol N° 69 of my Penguin Little Black Classics Box Set. This volume contains about 44 of Catullus's poems assembled from Penguin's book Catullus, The Poems. It does not contain the first Catullus poem I was ever introduced to, Catullus' 16, which starts: Pēdīcābō ego vōs et irrumābō -- I will sodomize you and face-f#ck you I know this because my wife was grading a short story, a group proj "I hate and I love. And if you ask me how, I do not know: I only feel it, and I'm torn in two." - Catullus, "85" Vol N° 69 of my Penguin Little Black Classics Box Set. This volume contains about 44 of Catullus's poems assembled from Penguin's book Catullus, The Poems. It does not contain the first Catullus poem I was ever introduced to, Catullus' 16, which starts: Pēdīcābō ego vōs et irrumābō -- I will sodomize you and face-f#ck you I know this because my wife was grading a short story, a group project, from a group of 10th grade boys who used this poem in their story. It was an awkward introduction to one VERY specific form of Catullus poem. Generally, Catullus writes polymetra and epigrams about: 1. His friends 2. Erotic poems (some homosexual, but mostly about women) 3. Invectives (Catullus 16 fits into this type) 4. Condolences This selection of his poems contains a bit of each. A lot of his poems are directed at Lesbia, probably Clodia Metelli, who acted as a muse for many of his most passionate poems. Anyway, 16 is not included, but certainly read it if you want to be a bit shocked. The poems included in this selection are rather tame in comparison and actually many are quite lovely. One of my favorite lines, from 70, ends with: "but what woman tells her lover in desire should be written out on air & running water." And from 76: "For what by man can well in act or word be done to others has by me been done sunk in the credit of an unregarded heart."

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joey Woolfardis

    Let's try this one again, GoodReads mobile app, shall we? Roman poetry, not Greek as I hastily said in my update (though, one stole much from the other so...) with an evocative erotic flavour about a man in love with one woman, but often in hate with her, too. The structure of each poem was a breath of fresh air as they were often short-lined which added a quick pace to it, to me provoking the kind of short-lived pleasure that he speaks of. Like any poetry, short and sweet but often pointless. Bl Let's try this one again, GoodReads mobile app, shall we? Roman poetry, not Greek as I hastily said in my update (though, one stole much from the other so...) with an evocative erotic flavour about a man in love with one woman, but often in hate with her, too. The structure of each poem was a breath of fresh air as they were often short-lined which added a quick pace to it, to me provoking the kind of short-lived pleasure that he speaks of. Like any poetry, short and sweet but often pointless. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

  9. 4 out of 5

    Abubakar Mehdi

    His poetry is surprisingly modern and very charming. Reading his short, witty, erotic and sometimes sarcastic poems was such a shocking experience for me as I never expected such a modern lyrical touch from a Greek poets verse. One of my favorites … Lets us live, let us love And all the words of moral May they be worth less than nothing to us Suns may set, and suns may rise again But when our brief light has set Night is one long ever lasting sleep Give me a thousand kisses, a hundred more Another thousa His poetry is surprisingly modern and very charming. Reading his short, witty, erotic and sometimes sarcastic poems was such a shocking experience for me as I never expected such a modern lyrical touch from a Greek poets verse. One of my favorites … Lets us live, let us love And all the words of moral May they be worth less than nothing to us Suns may set, and suns may rise again But when our brief light has set Night is one long ever lasting sleep Give me a thousand kisses, a hundred more Another thousand and another hundred And when we’ve counted up the many thousands Lets us shake the abacus, so no one knows And be jealous, when they see Of the kisses we have shared

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kyo

    Let me start off by saying that I love Catullus. I love his poems, because even though they're 2000 years old, they still feel so real and true. It's about love, but mostly about how painful love can be. How it can twist into something incredibly ugly and make something ugly of yourself as well. The Latin poems would get a 5/5 stars for me. But I didn't really like the order the poems were placed in and the translations weren't that great either. So I encourage everyone to read Catullus, but maybe fi Let me start off by saying that I love Catullus. I love his poems, because even though they're 2000 years old, they still feel so real and true. It's about love, but mostly about how painful love can be. How it can twist into something incredibly ugly and make something ugly of yourself as well. The Latin poems would get a 5/5 stars for me. But I didn't really like the order the poems were placed in and the translations weren't that great either. So I encourage everyone to read Catullus, but maybe find another translation (or read it in Latin if that's your thing of course :D!)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hanaa

    I enjoyed this one but now I just want to find his complete works so I can read what other hilarious and filthy things he wrote. The guy had a huge inferiority complex.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anda

    As a result of my voracious procrastination, today I have spent my time reading poetry. While I thoroughly enjoyed Hafez's work, Catullus had me laughing in tears. I can't remember, really, the last time I laughed like this. Reading Catullus'poetry felt like reading the diary of a very horny, moody and entitled teenager. He's one foot in a barrel of hate, the other in a barrel of not love, as he says, but the utmost infatuation. He's going from , as one other reviewer put it, verbal dick pics 'I As a result of my voracious procrastination, today I have spent my time reading poetry. While I thoroughly enjoyed Hafez's work, Catullus had me laughing in tears. I can't remember, really, the last time I laughed like this. Reading Catullus'poetry felt like reading the diary of a very horny, moody and entitled teenager. He's one foot in a barrel of hate, the other in a barrel of not love, as he says, but the utmost infatuation. He's going from , as one other reviewer put it, verbal dick pics 'I'll come at once for lolling on the sofa here with jutting cock and stuffed with food I'm ripe for stuffing you, my sweet Ipsithia' to sheer hate and spite 'live with your three hundred lovers, open your legs to them all (simultaneously) lovelessly dragging the guts out of each of them each time you do it, blind to the love that I had for you once, and that you, tart, wantonly crushed as the passing plough-blade slashes the flower at the field's edge' However, it was not just his obsession with Lesbia ( thank goodness she escaped him ) that had me shambling with laughter but also his very ... keen observations, critique and ... poetic begging: 'I shall expect you in to dine a few days hence Fabullus mine, and we'll eat well enough, my friend, if you provide the food&wine &the girl, too, pretty&willing. [...] For, charmed Fabullus, your old friend's purse is empty now of all but cobwebs!' Today I was talking about how my expectations from poetry are not (yet) very well defined. After reading Catullus' work I am clear on one thing though: this is not what I expect not what I want. While I understand that his work contributed to the evolution of poetry and has some kind of meaning and value ( which I in no way deny since I am no expert in poetry) personally this has been ... a good laugh and a thank sent to the gods for having been a pretty sensible teenager in my time.

  13. 5 out of 5

    leynes

    Woops. Here we go again. Another 1-star-poetry-review. Yep. I'm pulling no punches today. I love reading poetry, even poetry collections I end up rating only 1 to 2 stars. I love seeing how people through the centuries and countries tried to portray emotions through verses, some of them successfully and others failing miserably. Parasites of our generation. Poets I blush for. Catullus' verses definitely fell flat for me. I didn't connect to what he was saying, heck, most of the time I didn't Woops. Here we go again. Another 1-star-poetry-review. Yep. I'm pulling no punches today. I love reading poetry, even poetry collections I end up rating only 1 to 2 stars. I love seeing how people through the centuries and countries tried to portray emotions through verses, some of them successfully and others failing miserably. Parasites of our generation. Poets I blush for. Catullus' verses definitely fell flat for me. I didn't connect to what he was saying, heck, most of the time I didn't even know what his mission was – these poems were all over the place, and I also had major problems with his objectification of women and how possessive he felt of his lover, like hell nah, buddy. Gaius Valerius Catullus was a Latin poet of the late Roman Republic who wrote in the neoteric style of poetry, which is about personal life rather than classical heroes. This aspect of his work really fascinated me because oftentimes his poems read more like diary entries because he was addressing people from his circle of acquaintances directly, and talked about the things he did during the day. Catullus's poems have been preserved in an anthology of 116 carmina (the actual number of poems may slightly vary in various editions), which can be divided into three parts according to their form: sixty short poems in varying meters, called polymetra, eight longer poems, and forty-eight epigrams. The polymetra can be divided into poems about his friends and erotic poems (ugh! don't get me started on those), most of which are him lusting after the woman Lesbia, but two poems are actually of homoerotic nature. My lovely friend and reading buddy in crime, Miriam, actually made me aware that Catullus was an admirer of Sappho (the one and only queen of Greek poetry, like for real, stop reading this review and read something by her!). And it could actually be the case that the woman he lusts after, Lesbia, is a tribute to the Greek female poet, who was actually from the island of Lesbos. It's definitely interesting to keep that in mind, but in my humble opinion, Catullus's weak ass has zero chances with the one and only queen, so he shouldn't even be trying. ;) So, yeah, Catullus has this unhealthy obsession with Lesbia which turns him into a stalker and pervert. He just can't let Lesbia go, and is slandering all her other lovers, calling her names etc. It's not cute, and I am not here for it. The dude seriously needs to calm his tits. His poems describe the lifestyle of Catullus and his friends, who, despite Catullus's temporary political post in Bithynia, lived their lives withdrawn from politics. They were interested mainly in poetry and love. Above all other qualities, Catullus seems to have valued venustas, or charm, in his acquaintances, a theme which he explores in a number of his poems. On top of my problems with the content of his poetry, I also wasn't a fan of Catullus's style. I'll give him that, he wrote in many different meters including hendecasyllabic verse and elegiac couplets, but that's about it. Most poems lacked quotable moments and left me quite confused by their jumbled structure, especially all the insertions killed me; it felt like the men never finished one train of thought. I can see that part of the problem might be the horrible translation, you just have to look at the titular poem for which the translator Peter Whigham chose the verb 'torn in two' instead of 'tortured', but nonetheless, I won't give Catullus another shot. Besh bye!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    This this little book of poorly translated poetry left me numb, it's use of modern terms was terrible. Oh boy can this guy whine. Now for a new poem for the classic I hate and I Hate Even More: Oh! She as left me and I whine, She the lovely Lesbia is screwing; screwing, Every man but I has used like a pin-cushion, You whore, you offer it to anyone who wants, While I masturbate screeching like a chimp, Oh wo! Oh wo! Why not join me in a wo, She as done it with others but not with me, Lets have a whine, m This this little book of poorly translated poetry left me numb, it's use of modern terms was terrible. Oh boy can this guy whine. Now for a new poem for the classic I hate and I Hate Even More: Oh! She as left me and I whine, She the lovely Lesbia is screwing; screwing, Every man but I has used like a pin-cushion, You whore, you offer it to anyone who wants, While I masturbate screeching like a chimp, Oh wo! Oh wo! Why not join me in a wo, She as done it with others but not with me, Lets have a whine, maybe a bottle or two, We shall bang the whores of Babylon, Until I am sore thru.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michael Arnold

    If you read this casually, having just picked up one of these little books, I think you would get the entirely wrong opinion of Catullus, not just in terms of subject but also of style too. These are translated with apparently little care, and into free verse - which it's debatable can even reflect the feeling of reading Catullus without sympathy. The modern turns of phrases made some of the poems very immediate, and reading this has made me go back to some of the original texts and the Guy Lee If you read this casually, having just picked up one of these little books, I think you would get the entirely wrong opinion of Catullus, not just in terms of subject but also of style too. These are translated with apparently little care, and into free verse - which it's debatable can even reflect the feeling of reading Catullus without sympathy. The modern turns of phrases made some of the poems very immediate, and reading this has made me go back to some of the original texts and the Guy Lee translation that while boring is entirely functional and acceptable to use. Much better than this translation, this translation is terrible.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Katie Bayford

    "Lesbia is extraordinarily vindictive about me in front of her husband who is thereby moved to fatuous laughter - a man mulishly insensitive, failing to grasp that a mindless silence (about me) spells safety while to spit out my name in curses, baring her white teeth, means she remembers me" Catullus charts the history of his love affair with 'Lesbia' (a Sapphic pseudonym for his lover Clodia, wife and sister of famous Roman statesmen) over the course of 109 crass, bitter and shockingly devotional poem "Lesbia is extraordinarily vindictive about me in front of her husband who is thereby moved to fatuous laughter - a man mulishly insensitive, failing to grasp that a mindless silence (about me) spells safety while to spit out my name in curses, baring her white teeth, means she remembers me" Catullus charts the history of his love affair with 'Lesbia' (a Sapphic pseudonym for his lover Clodia, wife and sister of famous Roman statesmen) over the course of 109 crass, bitter and shockingly devotional poems. "No woman loved, in truth, Lesbia as you by me; no love-faith found so true as mine in you."

  17. 4 out of 5

    Aylin

    Catullus is one big ass salty fuckboi my God. He does have good pieces then and there but he is mostly hating on the woman he "loves", whose name ironically is Lesbia. Catullus is one big ass salty fuckboi my God. He does have good pieces then and there but he is mostly hating on the woman he "loves", whose name ironically is Lesbia.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mia Bakhthiar

    The book is comprised of many short poems concerning Catullus' love for a woman he has lost. Beautifully written, though not my cup of tea personally, as it was just a little bit too salacious for me. Even so, I loved some of the descriptions. The woman Catallus has written the collection for is undoubtedly lucky. The book is comprised of many short poems concerning Catullus' love for a woman he has lost. Beautifully written, though not my cup of tea personally, as it was just a little bit too salacious for me. Even so, I loved some of the descriptions. The woman Catallus has written the collection for is undoubtedly lucky.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    I love this little book such good adult stories and poetry. Read them out loud like your the empress lol

  20. 4 out of 5

    Yara (The Narratologist)

    Mini Review: I like how contemporary this translation feels, perfect for those who are new to Catullus and his dick jokes.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Batool

    i need more poetry in my life.

  22. 4 out of 5

    eddie

    "I hate and I love, and if you ask me how I do not know: I only feel it, and I am torn in two." Catullus' prose is blunt and often tasteless in a way I haven't yet experienced in poetry. Safe to say it's clear and justified why people call him one of the most vulgar and erotic poets in history. His ability to fling from complete adoration and affection to cruelty and risqué in the matter of a page is perhaps what makes him most interesting. There's something very modern about his prose, in the wa "I hate and I love, and if you ask me how I do not know: I only feel it, and I am torn in two." Catullus' prose is blunt and often tasteless in a way I haven't yet experienced in poetry. Safe to say it's clear and justified why people call him one of the most vulgar and erotic poets in history. His ability to fling from complete adoration and affection to cruelty and risqué in the matter of a page is perhaps what makes him most interesting. There's something very modern about his prose, in the way that he seems to me to reflect the similar breed of men that exist today: the men who love and lust and sexualise their partners like no other and, when their lover chooses to leave them (though you'd have a good job finding a man in todays society that is willing to call his partner a 'lover') they retreat into their self-pitying caves and demand their exes are whores and tarts and harlots who never really loved them and used them, for what is unsure. Nevertheless, I found Catullus' prose captivating, and is 'on the nose' style approach to poetry kept me entertained. Perhaps I give him more leniency because, one) he's dead, and two) he lived in a time where this sort of thing became all men, which is not an excuse but a fact. In fact, I found the poems in his book about his friends ('friends' being code here for 'male friends' which can be code for 'up to interpretation, really' in the time of Rome) to be more interesting and seemingly more full of heart. I'd be interested to pick up a larger version of his poems, though also feel as if this little book has given me all I really need to know about Catullus as a whole.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dylan Vieites Glennon

    I picked this up with no idea as to who he was or what sort of poetry he wrote. I certainly wasn't anticipating it to be so candid, especially when he's presenting the book to someone (Cornelius). I guess the beauty of this is the lovesick nature of the poet. Though by modern standards, it's certainly excessive, rather erotic and inappropriate. When he's infatuated, he tells her: Prepare yourself to come nine times straight off together ... I'll come at once for lolling on the sofa here with jutting c I picked this up with no idea as to who he was or what sort of poetry he wrote. I certainly wasn't anticipating it to be so candid, especially when he's presenting the book to someone (Cornelius). I guess the beauty of this is the lovesick nature of the poet. Though by modern standards, it's certainly excessive, rather erotic and inappropriate. When he's infatuated, he tells her: Prepare yourself to come nine times straight off together ... I'll come at once for lolling on the sofa here with jutting cock and stuffed with food I'm ripe for stuffing you My personal favourite of the anthology is the one the anthology is entitled after: I hate and I love. And if you ask me how, I do not know: I only feel it, and I'm torn in two. I feel that perfectly represents rejection.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Kost

    « I hate and I love. And if you ask me how, I do not know: I only feel it, and I’m torn in two » Angsty roman teen vibes and I’m here for it

  25. 5 out of 5

    Callie

    Bro bitched about people using urine as mouthwash.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nadia Chervinska

    I have and I love. And if you ask me how, I do not know: I only feel it, and I am torn in two.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linton

    This short collection of poems by Catullus is an intimate series of emotions and thoughts usually directed towards one of his friends or lovers. These poems show a personal aspect of a from Ancient Rome, who feels the bitterness of losing a loved one and also the lustiness of deep infatuation. Lesbia, the main lover of Catullus, is the one woman who he directly loves and hates, we can see clearly his passionate love for her in poems 5 and 7 which progresses through many stages of pain. These poe This short collection of poems by Catullus is an intimate series of emotions and thoughts usually directed towards one of his friends or lovers. These poems show a personal aspect of a from Ancient Rome, who feels the bitterness of losing a loved one and also the lustiness of deep infatuation. Lesbia, the main lover of Catullus, is the one woman who he directly loves and hates, we can see clearly his passionate love for her in poems 5 and 7 which progresses through many stages of pain. These poems go through his bitterness of losing the one he loves, through the melancholy of knowing he has been replaced, through the anger of having a rival for his love and finally pure contempt for the woman who treated him so badly. Though this is not all that is in this small collection there range from poems of mockery at Catullus’ friends to poems of loss in the grieving of his brother. This contains the full spectrum of human emotion in a beautifully written form. The intimacy in these poems heavily outweigh any repetitiveness that may be perceived as each emotion represented feels fresh due to there being new reasoning for them.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mesia Loriana

    I adore him. Shocking and poetic and down to earth. It s insane

  29. 4 out of 5

    Castles

    Reads like an ancient Roman teenage broken heart diary, this book, like its title, is full of love and hate (more of hate actually), envy and for some reason, annoying third-person writing which each time you encounter, doesn’t raise your sympathy to the poet. This book is what mad love can do, in all its classic force, something between losing your mind and polar disorder from the deepest revenge to the highest of highs. Looking more like a personal diary, I wonder if it was meant to be publish Reads like an ancient Roman teenage broken heart diary, this book, like its title, is full of love and hate (more of hate actually), envy and for some reason, annoying third-person writing which each time you encounter, doesn’t raise your sympathy to the poet. This book is what mad love can do, in all its classic force, something between losing your mind and polar disorder from the deepest revenge to the highest of highs. Looking more like a personal diary, I wonder if it was meant to be published. I also wonder if he got the girl at the end or was he just hallucinating.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Noelia Alonso

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars Catullus holds nothing back. His poems are incredibly erotic and at times, obscene but others are so heartrending it hurts.

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