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Carmina Tria

Abstract

‘The wedding of Nisus and Euryalus’ is a hymnic ode after Catullus 61 which plays with the ideas of the shared tragic death of the youth joined in love. The sensory and visual language of death overlays with the images of wedding attendants and celebrations. ‘Our Lord on the Cross’ is from a set of reflections on the 14 Stations of the Cross, for which this was written for the twelfth station, ‘Jesus dies on the cross’. The lamentation includes sections translated from the Biblical book of Lamentations, while also voicing Our Lord’s own strained words on the cross as he watches passersby take little heed of his fate. ‘The pleasures of reading’ is a light parody on all of the places that literature can take us - if only we have sufficient room in our personal libraries to store all of these books!

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