Catullus 85

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Catullus 85 is a poem by the Roman poet Catullus for his mistress Lesbia.

"Odi et amo. quare id faciam fortasse requiris?
nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.'" [1]
I hate and I love. Why I do this, perhaps you ask?
I do not know, but I feel it happening and I am tortured.

Its declaration of conflicting feelings "I hate and I love" (in Latin, Odi et amo) is renowned for its force and brevity.

The meter of the poem is the elegiac couplet.

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  1. ^ "C. Valerius Catullus, Carmina, Poem 85". Perseus Digital Library. Retrieved 8 September 2016.