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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 aDazzling 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....

Title : I Hate and I Love
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ISBN : 9780141398594
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Number of Pages : 54 Pages
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I Hate and I Love Reviews

  • Bookdragon Sean
    2019-03-18 17:13

    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, LesbiaAs you by me;No love-faith found so trueAs 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- 69The 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.

  • Jibran
    2019-03-02 13:13

    I send Lesbia this valediction,succinctly discourteous:live with your three hundred loversopen your legs to them all (simultaneously)lovelessly dragging the guts out of each of themeach time you do it,blind to the love I had for youonce, and that you, tart, wantonly crushedas the passing plough-blade slashes the flowerat 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.

  • Eunice Moral
    2019-03-09 14:45

    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!

  • Emma
    2019-03-06 15:53

    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 oncefor lolling on the sofa herewith jutting cockand stuffed with foodI'm ripe for stuffingyou,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 youonce, and that you, tart, wantonly crushedas the passing plough-blade slashes the flowerat 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.

  • Liz Janet
    2019-03-23 15:03

    Ye olde smutt!!!

  • Joey Woolfardis
    2019-03-07 12:48

    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

  • leynes
    2019-03-09 17:11

    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!

  • Abubakar Mehdi
    2019-02-28 16:03

    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 loveAnd all the words of moralMay they be worth less than nothing to usSuns may set, and suns may rise againBut when our brief light has setNight is one long ever lasting sleepGive me a thousand kisses, a hundred moreAnother thousand and another hundredAnd when we’ve counted up the many thousandsLets us shake the abacus, so no one knowsAnd be jealous, when they seeOf the kisses we have shared

  • Hanaa
    2019-03-10 18:11

    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.

  • Kyo
    2019-03-13 12:58

    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!)

  • Peter
    2019-03-02 13:12

    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.

  • MiaBakhthiar
    2019-02-28 19:44

    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.

  • Noelia Alonso
    2019-03-09 19:12

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

  • Yara (The Narratologist)
    2019-03-07 15:46

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

  • Kay
    2019-03-15 13:11

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

  • Linton Newton
    2019-03-02 16:47

    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.

  • Lotte Vwz
    2019-03-04 14:46

    Consider this: Catullus is bisexual. Catullus wants to kiss a guy three thousand times. Sure, it's nothing compared to the.. thousand hundred thousand? times he wants to kiss his Lesbia, but it's still a damn 3 with 3 zeros behind it, and that is impressive.

  • Anne
    2019-02-26 21:10

    There were really good poems in this collection, but most were overshadowed by the not-so-good ones.

  • Batool
    2019-03-08 20:01

    i need more poetry in my life.

  • Lydia
    2019-03-13 20:03


  • Books By Hala
    2019-03-04 19:07

    Recommendation: Just to give you some context. Catullus was a Roman poet, his works inspired poets we know like Ovid, Horace and Virgil. Luckily, his works lasted until our days. This specific book is about poem number 85 "Odi et amo" I hate and I love where he expresses confused feelings to his mistress Lesbia. Challenging in some words but absolutely worth the read, any lover can relate to this piece. You can even find it online if you don't want to buy the book.

  • Kelly
    2019-03-04 16:57

    fun little book for the poems I did understand not really for the young readers but it's worth I read would be 4 stars but only liked some not most

  • Sarah Privvy
    2019-03-02 20:11

    Oh Catullus, you're funny and bitter.

  • Ann-Lee
    2019-03-08 20:08

    Delightfully unhumble and it is somehow endearing to read that ancient people were as people as our own, but the other translation I've read was better in my eyes.

  • Laz Mercz
    2019-03-21 20:49

    1.5 stars, do not recommend.

  • Lima
    2019-03-14 16:55

    I cried laughing at some of these poems. Catullus is definitely crazy.

  • Jess
    2019-02-24 13:03

    Oh Catullus, Catullus, Catullus. Some of these poems really do make you look like a modern day fuckboy. Maybe she's just not that into you?

  • Mathilde
    2019-03-07 17:02

    He's so salty im living. One poem is just a big pull back and reveal where you think he's praising this guy's smile but then he ends up saying that he washes his mouth in urin every morning. It's glorious.

  • Anwen Hayward
    2019-02-27 14:08

    Perhaps it's in part to the translation, which I've since researched and found to be largely considered overtly stylised, but I was surprised by the modern tone that a lot of this poetry took. I was also interested to see the contrast between the famous Lesbia poems and the less well-known odes to some of Catullus' male friends and possible lovers - those who are expecting a book of love poetry to one woman, as Catullus' work is so often marketed, will not find their expectations met. As well as some particularly scorchin' verses extolling the virtues of his lovers' bodies, there are some hilariously caustic criticisms and downright catty rebukes here. Catullus is widely renowned for his satirical abilities and his sharp tongue, and both are on display in this short collection. Given the generally accepted unfaithfulness of the translation, I'll certainly be seeking out some more closely translated versions of Catullus' work to see exactly where Catullus comes into his own, but this is still an incredibly enjoyable introduction.

  • Naomi 🌟
    2019-03-01 19:51

    the translation is perfectly organic but reading something like this having studied the original poems just makes me painfully aware of how much I'm missing when I read only English translations. in that sense I guess it would've been nice if they'd included an index or notes because, for example, I can't see the casual reader making any sense of the poem where catullus mocks someone's false greek accent. I love Catullus' narrative voice, the way he can be worldly and unbiased in one breath, petty and vindictive in the next, and genuinely touching in the next; it is impossible to look away from his slow realisation that Lesbia does not care for him the way he does for her warring with his almost pestilent obsession with her.