Nulli se dicit mulier mea nubere malle
quam mihi, non si se Iuppiter ipse petat.
dicit: sed mulier cupido quod dicit amanti,
in uento et rapida scribere oportet aqua.

mulier, f.             woman
nubere                 marry
malle                     prefer


Metre: Elegiac couplets

Discussion Questions:

  • Discuss how speech, writing, and love are intertwined in the poem. Which, if any, are trustworthy or enduring?
  • Discuss how reading line 2 makes one rethink line 1.
  • What is the effect of Jupiter's appearance in the poem? (Remember Jupiter is married and has affairs!)


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