Catullus and His Influence

Catullus and His Influence

Catullus and His Influence

Catullus and His Influence

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The story of the Influence of Catullus is as fascinating as any novel. Very often that influence upon subsequent poets of later ages has been direct and immediate, but, quite as often, it is in an elusive way that the spirit of Catullus reappears in the verses of poets of other days and remote climes. It is the larger story of that direct and indirect influence that Professor Harrington has essayed to sketch in his volume for the Library Our Debt to Greece and Rome. The Alexandrian verses of Catullus may have earned for him the epithet of the 'learned,' but it is his spontaneous lyrics that have made him immortal. The history of their influence sets very clearly before us our debt to Catullus and the value of his poetical accomplishment for the present.

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