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


Discussion Questions

 

  • Discuss how such a short poem can be so effective. Consider structure, word order, vocabulary, voice and person of verbs, the metre etc. In this context compare and contrast this poem to the later epigrams of Martial which you have studied.
  • Consider the issue of love as torture here. Crucifixion was a method used to punish slaves. What kinds of class and power issues does the vocabulary of the poem evoke?
  • Who is the 'you' in this poem?
  • Discuss how the verbs in this poem explore notions of activity and passivity and consider how these might apply to the social and cultural context of Roman sexuality.
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