I Hate and I Love: Catullus Carmen 85

I hate you and I love you.

You may be wondering why I feel this way.

I have no idea.

But that’s how I feel.

And I. am. tortured.


Odi et amo. quare id faciam, fortasse requiris?

nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.

(Translation is my own.)





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5 responses to “I Hate and I Love: Catullus Carmen 85

  1. You’ve taken me right back to Latin O-level – thank you for the little trip down memory lane! At least this one wasn’t bowdlerised. Love the translation!

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  2. Melissa, this is superb! The line breaks and punctuation are inspired. Catullus meets William Carlos Williams. So sweet and so cold.

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  3. Vishy

    Loved your post and translation, Melissa! This is one of my favourite Catullus poems! Was so happy to see this today!

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