** Non SAT question **- AP LATIN Catullus # 22

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Discus: SAT/ACT Tests and Test Preparation: October 2003 Archive: ** Non SAT question **- AP LATIN Catullus # 22
By Techieguy (Techieguy) on Monday, October 13, 2003 - 01:38 am: Edit

Hey, everyone is talking about SAT's right now but please help me out in AP Latin.

It's Catullus poem 22. He talks about Saffenus is not a sophisticated poet and it shows in his poetry. However, he enjoys what he is doing. We cannot see our own faults but find faults in others instead.


That Suffenus, Varus, whom you know very well,
is a charming fellow, and has wit and good manners.
He aIso makes many more verses than any one else.
I suppose he has got some ten thousand or even more
written out in full, and not, as is often done,
down on old scraps; imperial paper, new rolls,
new bosses, red ties, parchment wrappers;
all ruled with lead and smoothed with pumice.
When you come to read these, the fashionable well-bred
Suffenus I spoke of seems to be nothing but any goatherd or ditcher
to look at him again; so absurd and chamged he is.
How are we to account for this? The same man who was just now
a dinner-table wit or something (if such there be) even more practised,
is more re clumsy than the clumsy country,
whenever he touches poetry; and at the same time he is never
so happy as when he is writing a poem:
he delights in himself and admires himself so much.
True enough, we all are under the same delusion, and there is no one
whom you may not see to be a Sufferms in one thing
or another. Everybody has his own delusion assigned to him:
but we do not see that part of the bag which hangs on our back.


What is the theme?

Why does he uses "idem" (likewise, at the same time) so repetitively?

Is there anything else I should know about this poem?

By Techieguy (Techieguy) on Monday, October 13, 2003 - 03:06 pm: Edit

can anyone help plz?

By Techieguy (Techieguy) on Monday, October 13, 2003 - 10:22 pm: Edit

Ok i know the theme now and everything after I asked a friend about it. Now I just need to know if there are any inferences / extra-meanings to the lines of this poem?

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