blackbirdan online journal of literature and the artsSpring 2014  Vol. 13  No. 1
an online journal of literature and the arts
translations by Len Krisak

Gaius Valerius Catullus (c. 84–54 BC) was a Latin poet of the late Roman Republic. What survives of Catullus’s poetry has been preserved in an anthology of 116 carmina divided into three sections: sixty short poems written mostly in Greek lyric meters, called polymetra, eight longer poems, and forty-eight short epigrams. Although nearly lost, Catullus’s poems have had a profound impact on later poets and writers, greatly influencing the work of other classic poets such as Virgil, Horace, and Ovid. His work has been translated by writers as diverse as Thomas Campion, William Wordsworth, and Louis Zukofsky.  end