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.

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Literal English Translation Original Latin Line

I hate and I love. Why 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.