Wednesday, January 16th, 2013...7:46 pm
I Hate and I Love (Catullus 85)
Odi et amo. Quare id faciam, fortasse requiris.
Nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.
C.H. Sisson (1967):
I hate and I love. You may well ask, why I do so.
I do not know, but I feel it and suffer.
Horace Gregory (1956):
I HATE and love.
And if you ask me why,
I have no answer, but I discern,
can feel, my senses rooted in eternal torture.
Frederic Raphael and Kenneth McLeish (1979):
I hate and I love. Why do that? Good question.
No answer, save ‘I do’. Nailed, through either hand.