By Michael C.J. Putnam
The lives of Catullus and Horace overlap via a dozen years within the first century BC. but, although they're the undisputed masters of the lyric voice in Roman poetry, Horace at once mentions his nice predecessor, Catullus, just once, and this reference has usually been taken as mocking. actually, Horace's allusion, faraway from disparaging Catullus, can pay him a discreet praise by way of suggesting the problem that his accomplishment provided to his successors, together with Horace himself. In Poetic Interplay, the 1st book-length examine of Catullus's impact on Horace, Michael Putnam exhibits that the sooner poet was once most likely the only most vital resource of suggestion for Horace's Odes, the later author's magnum opus.
other than in a few half-dozen poems, Catullus isn't, technically, writing lyric simply because his favourite meters don't fall into that class. still, although disparate their most popular genres and their stylistic utilization, Horace present in the poetry of Catullus, no matter what its mode of presentation, a relentless stimulus for his mind's eye. And, regardless of the diversities among the 2 poets, Putnam's shut readings display that lots of Horace's poems echo Catullus verbally, thematically, or either. via illustrating how Horace frequently chanced on his personal voice while he stated Catullus's genius, Putnam courses us to a deeper appreciation of the sooner poet as well.