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Catullus: The New Poet Gaius Valerius Catullus (ca. 84-54 B.C.E. ) born at Verona in northern Italy (Cisalpine Gaul) wealthy equestrian family, estates on Lago di Garda le grotte di Catullo, ruins of a Roman villa (island of Sirmione) New Poets or Neoteric Poets ( neoteric – Greek new) literary movement of the first century B.C.E . reaction against heavy-sounding, nationalistic epic poems of Ennius inspired by Greek poets writing in Alexandria, Egypt, a rival of Athens for culture disparaged as “New Poets” by Cicero comparison to Allen Ginsberg and Beat Poets (1950s): hip culture and style Maynard G. Krebbs ( The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis 1959-1963) characteristics of Neoteric verse (1) concern for form; mega biblion , mega kakon (big book, big bad) (2) careful composition; choose the right words (speed is not a virtue) (3) refinement of verses; be urbane, witty and sophisticated; research myths Central Theme of Love (change from example of Cato the Elder as censor) Liber or Book of Catullus (113 poems, though numbered Poems 1-116)
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