Catullus‘ love poems influenced not only Latin love poets such as Horace and Ovid, but also English Renaissance poets such as Robert Herrick. Karl Pomeroy Harrington writes in Catullus and His Influence (1923):

It was Catullus who taught Europe and America how to sing tender songs of love, to phrase bitter words of hate; who ”pointed the way to a more exact prosody and a richer versification”; who showed us how to flash on the mental retina whole pictures in a single word; who left an imperishable imprint of a throbbing heart which will always appeal to every other soul of man.

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