The Books of Catullus

The Books of Catullus

The Books of Catullus is the first full English translation to take the Roman poet at his word. Simon Smith’s versions are scholarly yet eccentric, mapping theme and register to contemporary equivalents (such as poem 16, which echoes Frank O’Hara). He divides Catullus’s complete verses into three ‘books’, the form in which it is thought the poems were originally received. ‘Smith gets the all-important rhythm of Catullus, whose meters, like all else about… (more)

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Publisher: Carcanet Classics (March 29, 2018)

Page count: 192 pages

Language: English


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