Catullus – Poem 85, “odi et amo”

I will debut with one of the most well-known poems of the ancient world, Catullus 85. This poem was written by Catullus, a Roman equestrian, for his mistress Lesbia (Clodia Metelli). Catullus describes the conflicting feelings he has for his love and the pain he feels because of it. Written in the elegiac couplet, it is most famous for its brevity (it has 8 verbs and one pronoun, and no nouns or adjectives), making the few words have a powerful punch.

odi et emo. quare id faciam, fortasse requiris?
nescio, sed fieri sentio, et excrucior.

I hate and I love. Why do I do this, perhaps you ask?
I do not know, yet I feel the pain, and I am tormented.

Kocham i nienawidzę. Zapytasz być może: jakże to się dzieje?
Nie wiem, lecz czuję, że tak jest: i nad tym boleję.


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