Charm

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Sun & Moon Press, 1995 - Poetry - 151 pages
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Born near Assisi around 50 BC, Sextus Propertius was one of the great writers of love poetry in Roman literature. His first book of poems, published in Rome when he was about 20 years of age, made him an overnight sensation. This book caught the attention of one of the great literary benefactors of Rome, Maecenas, who had supported and befriended both Horace and Virgil. Propertius, accordingly, was introduced into their circle.
Propertius' great love was a woman he called Cynthia in his poems (although her real name may have been Hostia), and it is his first-person account of their tempestuous relationship that forms the first and second books of his poetry. Using a colloquial and, at times, jaunty everyday language, New York poet Vincent Katz captures the spirit of the original and breathes fresh air into Propertius' painfully obsessive lyrics.

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Contents

Foreword by W R Johnson
9
Introduction by Vincent Katz
17
Cynthia was the first She caught
63
while a pair commanded me gripped
71
Cynthia is tried by no curse more gravely
77
this is how my lifes used up
87
8b rare Cynthia is mine
95
not light is the medicine in my words
101
Cynthia was the first Cynthia will
109
be whatever you want just not alien
119
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About the author (1995)

Propertius was deprived of his Umbrian estate in the confiscation of the civil war. He applied his rhetorical education not to the courts, but to poetry. His first book of elegies to "Cynthia" won him the patronage of Maecenas and established his reputation as a passionate, witty, self-absorbed, and learned poet. The three books that followed invoke Cynthia, but also carry tributes to Maecenas, to Roman greatness, addresses to friends, and antiquarian fragments.

Katz is a poet and art critic.