Catullus: Poem 105 (from Latin)

Poem 105: A Prick Named Dick
By Catullus
Translated by A.Z. Foreman
Click to hear me recite the original in a reconstruction of what Classical Latin sounded like
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There once was a prick named Dick1
Who climbed Parnassus too quick,
But the Muse with a scoff
Just jerked him straight off
With a pitchfork. He broke like a stick.

Note: -1- i.e. Mamurra, one of Catullus' long-standing rivals, also apparently a really bad poet.

The Original:

Mentula cōnātur Pipleium scandere montem.
Mūsae furcillīs praecipitem eiciunt.


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