The Excellence of Catullus

George Otto Trevelyan, The Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay

“I have pretty nearly learned all that I like best in Catullus. He grows on me with intimacy. One thing he has,—I do not know whether it belongs to him, or to something in myself,—but there are some chords of my mind which he touches as nobody else does. The first lines of ‘Miser Catulle;’ the lines to Cornificius, written evidently from a sick bed; and part of the poem beginning ‘Si qua recordanti’ affect me more than I can explain. They always move me to tears.” [Macaulay quoted]

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