Translation:Catullus 85

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Catullus 85
by Catullus, translated from Latin by Wikisource
One of Catullus' more famous pieces. Its poignant brevity and terseness underscore the forcefulness of Catullus' intimate declaration. It is one of a series of poems in which Catullus attempts to reconcile his conflicting feelings for his mistress Lesbia. Elegiac couplet.
Literal English Translation Original Latin Line

I hate and I love. Wherefore I do this, perhaps you ask.
I do not know, but I feel it being done and I am tormented.

Ōdī et amō. Quārē id faciam, fortasse requīris.
Nesciŏ, sed fierī sentiō et excrucior.