And then she would sit on my knee, and we would translate Catullus
together,--into English kisses; for she was curiously interested in the learned tongue.
With him Sauterne was to Medoc what Catullus was to Homer.
Then there were Lucilius, and Catullus, and Naso, and Quintus Flaccus, - dear Quinty
Here's BRITISH BIRDS, and CATULLUS
, and THE HOLY WAR--a bargain, every one of them.
Certain odd minutes every day went to learning things by heart; he never took a ticket without noting the number; he devoted January to Petronius, February to Catullus
, March to the Etruscan vases perhaps; anyhow he had done good work in India, and there was nothing to regret in his life except the fundamental defects which no wise man regrets, when the present is still his.
In the first place, there is an implicit comparison between Catullus
and Laodamia in his prayer to Nemesis lines 77-78:
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These and the fine rewritings of Catullus
, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Propertius, and Horace all carry an air of retrospective assessment that refuses both elegiac gloom and romantic fury, settling for a stoic contentment: "Look hard.
Among the 'Others' I may safely browse: Horace, Catullus
, Villon, Goethe, Ritsos, Tsvetayeva .
His castigationes and varietates on Vergil were textually very important, and his praelectiones on Catullus
were traditional in a grammatical and philological sense, but also gave proper space to more precisely literary matters.
Formerly with Tim Etherington, but now trained by David Nicholls, the four-year-old ran some good races without winning last season, notably when beaten a head by Catullus
off a mark of 55 in a mile-and-three-quarter handicap at Nottingham in August.