Catullus 51
Analyzed with Poem 2, 3, or 5

Using at least 200 words, write a response to Catullus 51 together with poem 2, 3, or 5.

The second poem is your choice, but you must write about poem 51.

In poem 51, he has just seen her from afar, and he models his lyrics on those of Sappho which we discussed in class. He has not yet so much as spoken to her. This poem may have been his first attempt to communicate with her. He addresses her companion, not daring to write directly to her.

In poems 2 and 3, he does not address her directly, either. In poem 2, he writes directly to her pet bird. In poem 3, he writes to all refined lovers and to the evil shadows of the underworld.

In poem 5, he finally speaks to Lesbia directly. He makes a bold invitation to enter into an affair without regard to rumor.

N.B. Below each poem you will find a link to NoDictionaries.com. Use it for vocabulary help in rereading the poems.

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Catullus 51, in which the famous Roman poet first addresses his beloved Lesbia, is written in beautifully evocative language. Catullus vividly describes …

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