I tried to choose works that represent one's emotions. Most of them are rather upbeat, except for the short poem by Catullus, 'Odi et amo'.
Well, maybe these little gems of Latin poetry will help you out when you need a quote to express yourself in an eternal language (maybe even while text messaging? I deliberately did not include any quotes from Ovid's 'Ars Amatoria' - this work is, quite oddly, precisely what comes to mind when one thinks of Roman love poetry, but it is really nothing but a set of instructions.
Vulgar Latin developed into the Romance languages, such as Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Romanian.
Latin, Italian and French have contributed many words to the English language.
Don't know any Latin, but really need a Latin love poem? Several poetic genres are represented here, including elegy, pastoral love song and prothalamium - a celebration of marriage (Propertius).
Rhyming was only introduced as a standard poetic device in Medieval times.
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