I edited them into a poem — not my usual way of working — but even when that was done I kept on making the lists. The process was too rich and too much fun to give up after only one poem. Realizing this, I decided to try it as an exercise with other writers, and it immediately took off. The list form is simple and familiar, and the question of where you are from reaches deep.
Catullus et in eum commentarius Sources and organization[ writing a poet ] Catullus's poems have been preserved in an anthology of carmina the actual number of poems may slightly vary in various editionswhich can be divided into three parts according to their form: There is no scholarly consensus on whether Catullus himself arranged the order of the poems.
The longer poems differ from the polymetra and the epigrams not only in length but also in their subjects: There are seven hymns and one mini- epicor epyllion, the most highly prized form for the " new poets ".
The polymetra and the epigrams can be divided into four major thematic groups ignoring a rather large number of poems that elude such categorization: All these 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lifestyle of Catullus and his friends, who, despite Catullus's temporary political post in Bithynia, lived their lives withdrawn from politics.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.
The ancient Roman concept of virtus i. However Catullus does not reject traditional notions, but rather their particular application to the vita activa of politics and war. Indeed, he tries to reinvent these notions from a personal point of view and to introduce them into human relationships.
For example, he applies the word fides, which traditionally meant faithfulness towards one's political allies, to his relationship with Lesbia and reinterprets it as unconditional faithfulness in love.
So, despite the seeming frivolity of his lifestyle, Catullus measured himself and his friends by quite ambitious standards.
Intellectual influences[ edit ] Catullus's poetry was influenced by the innovative poetry of the Hellenistic Ageand especially by Callimachus and the Alexandrian school, which had propagated a new style of poetry that deliberately turned away from the classical epic poetry in the tradition of Homer.
Catullus and Callimachus did not describe the feats of ancient heroes and gods except perhaps in re-evaluating and predominantly artistic circumstances, e.
Although these poems sometimes seem quite superficial and their subjects often are mere everyday concerns, they are accomplished works of art. Catullus described his work as expolitum, or polished, to show that the language he used was very carefully and artistically composed.
Catullus was also an admirer of Sapphoa female poet of the seventh century BC, and is the source for much of what we know or infer about her.
Catullus 51 follows Sappho 31 so closely that some believe the later poem to be, in part, a direct translation of the earlier poem, and 61 and 62 are certainly inspired by and perhaps translated directly from lost works of Sappho.
Both of the latter are epithalamiaa form of laudatory or erotic wedding-poetry that Sappho had been famous for but that had gone out of fashion in the intervening centuries. Catullus twice used a meter that Sappho developed, called the Sapphic strophein poems 11 and In fact, Catullus may have brought about a substantial revival of that form in Rome.
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