Ok, carissimi, here is your first formal assessment of the year. You must post a response to the following prompt by midnight on Sunday. I am looking for an AP-style essay, so do your best to give an answer that shows an analytical interpretation of the text, using the poems themselves to back up what you say, with a proper mix of content to commentary (1:2 is a good ratio). i will grade according to the AP rubric, so don't worry so much about stylistic purity as intellectual clarity.
Catullus Prompt 1:
In Poem 22, Catullus makes light of his friend Suffenus' limited poetic abilities and, moreover, his blindness to his own limitations. Such teasing is quintessentially Catullan. However, Catullus ends his poem with a poignant reflection on the limitations of all human egos where their frailities are concerned. Citing significant passages from the text, outline what you believe to be Catullus' larger moral from the example Suffenus.