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
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.