ISBN 9780620888387
Pages 88
Dimensions 203 x 133mm
Published 2020
Publisher Crane River, South Africa
Format Paperback


Selected Lyric Poems

edited by Richard Whitaker, Douglas Reid Skinner

The Roman poet CATULLUS (84–54 BCE) ranks among the great lyric poets, one whose writing has echoed down the centuries and remains as relevant and interesting today as it was in its own time. His poems are fashioned out of intense feeling that still thrills, moves, shocks, entertains and delights.

This selection of poems from his small extant body of work aims to show how – whether he composes a tender love lyric to his mistress or a boyfriend, an abusive attack on a politician or literary rival, an address to an intimate friend, a vitriolic or obscene satire, or an occasional piece on some small incident of social life – Catullus is deeply engaged with his subject, a writer passionate about his craft, and fully in touch with the centuries of Greek and Roman poetry that came before him.

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About the Editors

Richard Whitaker

Richard Whitaker studied Classics (Greek and Latin) at the Universities of the Witwatersrand, Oxford and St Andrews. He is now Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of Cape Town. He has published extensively on Roman love poetry, oral poetry, and its influence of the classic on century literature, and has translated books from Latin and French. He has also published travel books on South Africa with AA Travel (UK) and National Geographic, and is currently a Contributing Editor of the poetry quarterly Stanzas. 

Douglas Reid Skinner

DOUGLAS REID SKINNER was born in Upington, has published six collections of poems, most recently, Liminal (2017), and one new & selected. Alone or with an associate, he has published eight books of translation, most recently Poesie Scelte: Selected Poems, translated from the Italian of Marco Fazzini (2020). He is editor of Stanzas poetry magazine, and the English editor and a translator for the AVBOB Poetry Project.