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Catullus 85

31 January 2013

translated by Charles Bernstein

Odi et amo. quare id faciam, fortasse requiris.
nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.


Hate and love. Why’s that?, you’d ask
Don’t know, I feel it and it’s torture.



Richard Tuttle started off with:

All I do is hate and love. Why, you might ask?
I don’t know, but it is the cause of torture.



For reference I checked:

Louis Zukofsky:
O th’hate I move love. Quarry it fact I am, for that’s so re queries.
Nescience, say th’ fierry scent I owe whets crookeder.

Peter Green:
I hate and love. You wonder, perhaps, why I’d do that?
I have no idea. I just feel it. I am crucified.



There were many drafts:

Love and hate. Query: why’d I do that?
Don’t know, just sense it & it’s excruciating.

Odious & amorous. Hey: why’d I do that?
Beats me, just feelings & I’ve been crucified.

Hating & loving. Why do I do that?
Beats me, just feelings & excruciating

Odious & amorous. Hey: why I do that?
Beats me, just feelings & I’ve been crucified?

Hating & loving. Query: why do that?
Beats me, just feelings & I’ve been crucified.

Odious and amorous. Hey: why’d I do that?
Beats me, it’s just my feelings & I’ve been crucified

Odious and amorous. Hey: why’s that?
Beats me, just my feelings & I’m crucified

Odious and amorous. Query: why’d I do that?
Don’t know, just sense it & it’s excruciating.





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