poet Gaius Valerius Catullus

Gaius Valerius Catullus

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His Boat

This boat you see, friends, will tell you
that she was the fastest of craft,
not to be challenged for speed
by any vessel afloat, whether
driven by sail or the labour of oars.
The threatening Adriatic coast won’t deny it,
nor the isles of the Cyclades,
nor noble Rhodes, nor fearful Bosphorus,
nor the grim bay of the Black Sea
where, before becoming a boat, she was
leafy wood: for on the heights of Cytorus
she often hissed to the whispering leaves.
The boat says these things were well known to you,
and are, Amastris and box-wood clad Cytorus:
she says from the very beginning she stood
on your slope, that she dipped her oars
in your water, and carried her owner from there
over so many headstrong breakers,
whether the wind cried from starboard
or larboard, or whether Jupiter struck at the sheets
on one side and the other, together:
and no prayers to the gods of the shore were offered
for her, when she came from a foreign sea
here, as far as this limpid lake.
But that’s past: now hidden away here
she ages quietly and offers herself to you,
Castor and his brother, heavenly Twins.

Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (11/7/2019 11:51:00 PM)

    A great poem by Gaius Valerius Catullus is well executed.

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  • Tamara Beryl LathamTamara Beryl Latham (11/7/2019 11:54:00 AM)

    Classic poetry never goes out of style. Great choice and an enjoyable read. : -)

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (11/7/2019 4:27:00 AM)

    Excellent choice dear Poem Hunter and Team to award the Prize to this Beauty as
    The Classic Poem Of The Day.
    True enjoyable read, most pleasurable read. Thank you for your tremendous choice.

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (11/7/2019 4:20:00 AM)

    A very beautiful poem Catullus wrote, but with such a saddest ending:
    for her, when she came from a foreign sea
    here, as far as this limpid lake.
    But that’s past: now hidden away here
    she ages quietly and offers herself to you,
    Castor and his brother, heavenly Twins. True Beauty this Catullus poem.

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  • Kingsley EgbukoleKingsley Egbukole (11/7/2019 3:10:00 AM)

    Beautifully penned. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (11/7/2019 3:07:00 AM)

    that she dipped her oars
    in your water, and carried her owner from there
    over so many headstrong breakers, .. fine imagination. tony

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  • Douglas Scotney (11/7/2019 1:49:00 AM)

    pollux not forgotten...

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  • Nadia Umber LodhiNadia Umber Lodhi (11/7/2018 9:09:00 PM)

    friends, will tell you
    that she was the fastest of craft,
    not to be challenged for spe

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (11/7/2018 12:58:00 PM)

    Not to be challenged for speed! !

    Thanks for sharing.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (11/7/2018 11:07:00 AM)

    But that’s past: now hidden away here
    she ages quietly and offers herself to you,
    Castor and his brother, heavenly Twins.....so touching and impressive. Beautiful poem.

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian Flett (11/7/2018 2:54:00 AM)

    Such a wonderful description of how something inanimate became a living entity 'she ages quietly and offers herself to you'

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  • Chukwuebuka AdebayoChukwuebuka Adebayo (11/7/2018 1:45:00 AM)

    she was great in her time, she was hardworking woman.as the bible described her as an ideal woman.thanks for this.

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