130 Miscellanea / F. Jones / Mnemosyne 61 (2008) 130-137 Catullus’ libellus , the Mixing of Genres, and the Evidence of Carm. 1, 50, and 46 In a detailed study of a sample of the poems, Jocelyn (1999) argued that, whatever its status as a group, Catullus makes distinctions in metrical practice, in vocabu- lary, and in syntax within Carm . 1-61, which correspond to the metrical catego- ries, iambic, hendecasyllabic, and lyric, and that these three generic strains diﬀered in both generic antecedents and reader-expectations. In the non-elegiac short poems at least two and possibly three kinds of language “were perceptible to a ﬁrst-century BC reader or hearer” ( Jocelyn 1999, 336). In an examination of the lyric poems and the eleven hendecasyllables ( Carm . 10, 12, 16, 21, 28, 32, 33, 35, 49, 50, 53) and three iambic poems ( Carm . 29, 31, 52) on either side of them, Jocelyn found a range of features alien to everyday language in all three categories, but massed “strikingly and signiﬁcantly” (1999, 342) in the lyrics, and more present in the iambics than the hendecasyllables. Th e lyrics tend to a greater formality and dignity and a
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