Catullus 85

Love and hate

by Catullus

If ever one of Catullus’s poems ever spoke for itself, it is this little masterpiece about the entanglement of love and hate.

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Odi et amo. quare id faciam fortasse requiris?
nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.

I hate and I love. Why do I, perhaps you ask? I don’t know, but I feel it happening and I am in torment.