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- "Odi et amo. quare id faciam fortasse requiris?
- nescio, sed fieri sentio et excrucior.'" 
- 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.
- - u u / - - / - u u / - - / - u u / - u
- Od'et a/mo. Qua/r'id faci/am, for/tasse re/quiris?
- - u u / - u u / - // - u u / - u u / -
- Nescio, / sed fie/ri // senti'et / excruci/or.
- "Odi et amo" No. 19 of "Moralia" by composer Jacobus Gallus
- "Odi et amo" part of Catulli Carmina by composer Carl Orff
- Odi et amo by composer Jóhann Jóhannsson off the album Englabörn.