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1

What is special about the vocabulary?

It contains a lot of similar or repeated vocabulary to create effect, rhythm and balance.

2

Structure?

Carefully structured- suggests he is in fact more in control of his emotions than the persona portrayed in the poem.

3

How is Catullus' general weakness portrayed?

He reprimands himself a lot.

4

How is Catullus’ lack of conviction when criticising Lesbia portrayed?

His rhetorical questions actually make him feel worse rather than better.

5

Miser
Love-sick

Depressing- sets the tone for the rest of the poem.

6

Fulsere quondam candidi tibi soles
Once bright suns shone for you

Bright sun shining reflects his 'sunny' mood at the time.

7

‘quondam candidi’ & ‘candidi tibi’

Use assonance (similar vowel sounds) which reflects the happiness of the time.

8

'ventitibas'
coming and going

frequentative verb in the imperfect tense.
Suggests a regular action.

9

'puella ducebat'
girl would lead

Catullus is not ashamed to be following her around- he's just happy she wants him around.

10

'amata', 'amabitur'

Uses love in two different tenses- he loves her in the past and the future.

11

Repetition of words containing 'll' sounds

Creates rhythm within the poem.

12

'illa multa iocosa'
those many pleasant things

Reference to sex

13

'nolo' 'volo'
did not want to, wanted to

subtle difference between the phrasing shows the imbalance in their relationship.

14

'Fulsere quondam candidi tibi soles'
Once bright suns shone for you
'Fulsere vere candidi tibi soles.'
Then truly bright suns shone for you.

These two lines frame his reminiscence- he is thinking back fondly.

15

'nunc' 'iam'
now (past) now (present)

reinforces the change of timeframe from past to present.

16

- 'Nulla'
- 'Nolebat'
- 'Noli'

lines 5-7 end like this, adds to the tone of unhappiness.

17

Repetition of 'nec' (not)

Adds to Catullus's desperation/ determination.

18

Contrast of 'ducat' (lead) and 'fugit'

Following her is now presented as a bad thing- she is no longer leading him but fleeing him.

19

'perfer, obdura,'
endure, become firm

Using these two words next to each other is called an asyndeton (i came, i saw, i conquered). Adds force to Catullus's words.

20

Asyndeton

The absence of a conjunction between parts of a sentence, as in I came, I saw, I conquered.

21

'obdura'- 'obdurat'
I endure, He endures

Shows how Catullus has moved on- he is defiant

22

difference in 'at tu' (and you) between lines 14 and 19

L14- still confident that the girl ill be miserable without him.
L19- confidence has weakened and the words are now directed at himself.

23

Structure of the seven rhetorical questions all beginning with a different form of 'qui'.

use 'q' words in first part of the line and 'c' words in the second to create symmetry.

24

Impact of 'basio' and 'labella'
kiss, lip

Remembering his previous intimate relationship with Lesbia seems to weaken Catullus's resolve

25

Beginning and Ending of the poem.

Starts and finishes with a resent tense instruction to himself- symmetry, shows how throughout the course of the poem he has been convincing himself.