I am having some trouble with animae in this phrase:
De natura animae nec cum poeta senseram nec sententiam mutare optaveram.
Rough 1st draft:
I had neither agreed with the poet nor had I desired to change opinion about the spirit of nature.
Is animae in the genetive?
natura is in the ablative (de natura): concerning, about nature
animae, if in the genetive, is "of the spirit".
I want to say
about nature's spirit ...