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Catullus 8 and Catullan Iambos

From: Syllecta Classica
Volume 21 (2010)
pp. 65-92 | 10.1353/syl.2011.0004



In this paper, I account for Catullus' use of the choliambic meter in poem 8 and show how his redeployment of this iambic meter impacts our understanding of genre. Seeing meter as an integral formal feature of the genre of Iambos, I argue that Catullus' use of this meter encodes generic features. In poem 8, those features are seen to be iambic distance and the concomitant iambic voice, characterized by a self-conscious multiplicity.