The Books of Catullus
The Books of Catullus

The Books of Catullus

Edited by Simon Smith

POETRY

160 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

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Publication Date: April 2018

ISBN 9781784105501

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Overview

The Books of Catullus is a new translation of the Roman poet Catullus which reinvents and reimagines his poetry for the contemporary age. It is the first version to divide Catullus's complete works into the three 'books' believed by many scholars to be how the text was originally received in the Late Republic (c.60 B.C.). The length of each 'book,' or grouping correlates to the usual length of a single piece of papyrus from that period. These 'books' are gatherings of poems in different metres, and concentrate on various themes, including love, sex, friendship and marriage with some poems written in elegiac couplets. Smith's bold new translation concentrates on the variety of tone and range in Catullus's voice, often lost in most versions to a homogenised, singular translator's voice. These versions are translations rendered by a poet rather than a scholar, creating a Catullus for now and demonstrating why Catullus is an important and necessary writer for all poets to reinvent, reimagine, and re-vision. In this way The Books of Catullus is a new book of poetry, true to itself and to its own time.

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'Line by line, Smith is one of the most exciting poets writing in England' - Jeremy Noel-Tod on Smith's 11781 W. Sunset Boulevard

Author Biography

Simon Smith has published five collections of poetry. His third collection, Mercury (Salt Publications), was long-listed for the Costa Prize in 2007. A selected poems, More Flowers Than You Could Possibly Carry, appeared from Shearsman Books in 2016, and his latest pamphlet is Salon Noir (Equipage, 2016). Simon Smith is Reader in Creative Writing at the University of Kent, was a Hawthornden Writing Fellow in 2009, and a judge of the National Poetry Prize in 2004. He holds a PhD from the University of Glasgow.
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