Gaius Valerius Catullus

(84-54 BC / Verona, Gaul)

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Ave atque Vale


Through many countries and over many seas
I have come, Brother, to these melancholy rites,
to show this final honour to the dead,
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  • Kevin Straw (8/16/2012 1:55:00 PM)

    There is a tremendous irony in hail and farewell. The impact of this poem is in the helplessness and hopelessness of anything the Poet can do in the face of his brother's death. He is hailing no one and saying farewell to no one. If the Poet believed in an afterlife there would be consolation, but he does not. All he can do is go through the motions that custom dictates - but nothing can solace his heart for the loss of his brother - we see a raw grief in the measured prosody of the verse. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (8/16/2012 11:34:00 AM)

    It should be remembered that this touching out pouring of grief was written in a very rigorous form. (Report) Reply

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