Catullus

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Roman lyric poet remembered for his love poems to an aristocratic Roman woman (84-54 BC)

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34) In contrast, after Schwabe's work, pinning down the precise narrative of the love story between Catullus and Lesbia/Clodia became one of the dominant modes in Catullan criticism for at least a century.
On the ordering of poems in the Catullan corpus, see Green (13-18).
After Attis's "unmanning" the Catullan narrator begins assigning him feminine modifiers, an effect whose first instance Zukofsky neatly renders in punning Shakespearian diction: "he was she cut out to ape a woman's hands.
Give me now kisses, but Catullan kisses: If they will be as many as Catullus said, My gift to you will be the sparrow of Catullus.
While he continuously celebrated matrimonial relationships, he also refused to pretend that he did not enjoy daydreams of "copulating with sixteen-year-old nymphomaniacs of the imagination" in a poem probably inspired by a Catullan precedent.
Shakespeare would also have encountered Jonson's use of the word in the climactic seduction scene of Volpone (1605), when Celia responds to Volpone's Catullan wooing-song with the lines:
a recollection fostered by the ellipsis of aliis, or some other similar word, in the Catullan phrase.
The complaint is not, primarily, that Gaisser's decision to restrict herself to Latin imitators precludes discussion of Catullan influence on the mainstream of European poetry down to the present, starting with Petrarch and continuing through Ariosto and Tasso.
While Tennyson follows classical quantity by translating long and short into accented and unaccented words, the oddity of his lexicon ("metrification") and unconventional, unEnglish rhythms point to his performance and his satiric thrust that, like his meter, are in keeping with his Catullan source--and also with Coventry Patmore's edict that variants should be allowed only in service to some pressing expressive or emotional motive.
Other subjects include Horace's lyric response to Catullan language, Martial's gift poems, and a comparison of Orpheus in Ovid's Metamorphoses and Ted Hughes in his own Birthday Letters.
By commencing with this amatory imagery Herrick sets out on what at first appears a Catullan strain of erotic illusions concerning his mistress--without ever mentioning wine.
Anita di Stefano provides a comprehensive and successful paper on Pierio and the birth of a Catullan philological critique in the sixteenth century (including many primary-source extracts and a valuable appendix with Valeriano's "pra[e]lectiones in Catullum" on poem 8 "Miser Catulle, desinas ineptire").
Despite his reputation as a practitioner of traditional form--which readers often naively dismiss as ill-suited to the world of today--Gunn's poems have a startling ability to embody contemporary experience: though recognizably his own, his language includes a wide range of current usage (including a Catullan inclination towards the dirty and demotic).
Anyway, embodying many Catullan feelings and only an imagined Lesbia's, the story of Laodamia in poem 68 is an example for Catullus of the power and potential of love.
The tension between these elements manifests itself not only in the apparently dichotomous first and second halves of the poem, but also in several corresponding dichotomies: the Catullan, phallic connotation of the "wanton" sparrow versus the biblical connotation of the sparrow whose fall is marked by God; Jane's apparent innocence versus her sensual delight at Phyllyp's provocative flutterings (and her perhaps naive references to sex); and Skelton's Marian language in the Commendacions versus their cupiditous overtones.