American Poets: Gaius Valerius Catullus


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This is a profile of the influential Latin poet of the neoteric school, Gaius Valerius Catullus. Catullus' works survive only by chance but are remarkable for their playful, personal tone and witty, often obscene, humour. They also chronicle the death of his brother at Troy and Catullus' visit to his grave. Many people consider the poem describing this event to be one of the finest elegies ever written. This page is part of the Academy of American Poets Web site. The Academy was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. The site currently includes biographies, photos, and other information on more than 400 poets, with new pages being added all the time. Less

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    Topics: English-Language Arts, Literary Analysis

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