Friday, April 13, 2007

Week 13: Ille Phasellus: When is a boat not a boat?

This week we have read Carmen 4 in which Catullus reports to his "hospites" what his little ship, his "phasellus", has said.

Immediately, we know that this is more than meets the eye. Ships don't report anything. But, when poets have ships that are talking, the poets are trying to tell us something.

In your blog post, describe at least three different things that Catullus is telling us about through the words of the ship. Cite the Latin, translate it, and then explain.

Finally, if you were to describe some object in your life that could tell us about you, what would it be, and why?