Gaius Valerius Catullus

Gaius Valerius Catullus

Gaius Valerius Catullus was a Latin poet of the late Roman Republic. His poems—116 in total survive—have been admired by and used as a reference point for countless other writers and artists, including Petrarch, Andrew Marvell, John Milton, William Wordsworth, W. B. Yeats, W. H. Auden, T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Cy Twombly, and Anne Carson.

The Love Poems of Catullus

Poetry by Gaius Valerius Catullus

With a contribution by Tynan Kogane

Cover design by Marian Bantjes

Catullus was undoubtedly one of the most intimate, witty, vivid, and tender poets of antiquity. Perhaps his greatest gift was his ability to truthfully reveal the fleeting instants of his bare psyche: moments of erotic passion, of scorn and jealousy, of heartfelt devotion, of consuming love. The cycle of poems to his love, “Lesbia,” have entranced poets and translators across the centuries, enriching many different traditions in English-language poetry. This anthology of Catullus’s love poems showcases translations from many New Directions authors, including James Laughlin, Bernadette Mayer, Muriel Spark, and Louis and Celia Zukofsky, as well as beloved timeless translations, like those of Ben Jonson and Christopher Marlowe.…
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