Ōdī et amō. Quārē id faciam fortasse requīris.
Nesciō, sed fierī sentiō et excrucior.
I hate and I love. Why I do this, perhaps you ask.
I know not, 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.
– u u / – – / – u u / – – / – u u / – u Ōd'et a / mō. Quā / r'id faci / am for / tasse re / quīris. – u u / – u u / – / – u u / – u u / – Nesciō, / sed fie / rī / sen ti' et / ex cru ci / or.
- "Odi et amo", No. 19 of Moralia by Jacobus Gallus
- "Odi et amo", part of Catulli Carmina by Carl Orff
- "Odi et amo" by Jóhann Jóhannsson's album Englabörn
- "Wrecking Ball" (Miley Cyrus), adaptation with Catullus 85 by Eric Whitacre, performed by Eric Whitacre Singers and Marius Beck; performed live and recorded at the 2014 iTunes Festival in London
- C. Valerius Catullus. "Poem 85". Carmina. Translated by Leonard C. Smithers. Perseus Project. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
- Kitchell, Kenneth F., Jr.; Smith, Sean (2006). Catullus: A Legamus Transitional Reader. p. xxix. ISBN 978-0-86516-634-9. Retrieved April 17, 2006.
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