The Eclogues and The Georgics

The Eclogues and The Georgics The Eclogues ten short pastoral poems were composed between approximately and BC during the time of the Second Triumvirate of Lepidus Anthony and Octavian In them Virgil subtly blended an i

  • Title: The Eclogues and The Georgics
  • Author: Virgil Cecil Day-Lewis
  • ISBN: 9780199554096
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Eclogues, ten short pastoral poems, were composed between approximately 42 and 39 BC, during the time of the Second Triumvirate of Lepidus, Anthony, and Octavian In them Virgil subtly blended an idealized Arcadia with contemporary history To his Greek model the Idylls of Theocritus he added a strong element of Italian realism places and people, real or disguisThe Eclogues, ten short pastoral poems, were composed between approximately 42 and 39 BC, during the time of the Second Triumvirate of Lepidus, Anthony, and Octavian In them Virgil subtly blended an idealized Arcadia with contemporary history To his Greek model the Idylls of Theocritus he added a strong element of Italian realism places and people, real or disguised, and contemporary events are introduced The Eclogues display all Virgil s art and charm and are among his most delightful achievements Between approximately 39 and 29 BC, years of civil strife between Antony, and Octavian, Virgil was engaged upon the Georgics Part agricultural manual, full of observations of animals and nature, they deal with the farmer s life and give it powerful allegorical meaning These four books contain some of Virgil s finest descriptive writing and are generally held to be his greatest and most entertaining work, and C Day Lewis s lyrical translations are classics in their own right.
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    • Luís C. says:

      His first poetic collection, The Bucolics, features shepherds who talk, exchanging their ideas, and sharing their feelings. This allows Virgil to sing his love for nature which is both a source of nostalgia and fulfillment. But it is also an opportunity for him to express his dismay at the civil unrest of the time.The Georgics retain the country decor. This poem has, unlike the collection the Bucolics, a didactic aspect. The author describes the works of the earth by releasing their techniques, [...]

    • Shyam says:

      I enjoyed the Eclogues, particularly: I, II, III & VII. The Georgics were not to my taste, although I suspect this may partly be due to the translation.

    • Daniel Chaikin says:

      I did actually read this in the sense that my brain processed the words coming into through my eyes and getting silently pronounced in my head. Please don't ask me anything else about them. I have hardly any clue what I actually read. ------------------------------------------70. The Eclogues by Virgilcomposed: 37 bceformat: ~46 page project Gutenberg public domain translation (translator unknown) acquired: Project Gutenberg, here: gutenberg/files/230/2ad: Nov 26-27rating: ??

    • Miriam says:

      This wasn't the edition I read; mine was in Latin. I had to translate the Eclogues into English for a course. Maybe they would have been better had the class not met at 8 a.m.

    • Emily says:

      No it's not the most faithful translation. But it's a fun interpretation and as a hobbyist Classicist, I enjoyed it, especially the Georgics.

    • Chris says:

      I love used book sales. If you’ve ever gone ‘garage sale-ing’, then you’re probably familiar with the types of pushy scavengers that you might meet at a used book sale. You’d almost think Dickens had these bibliophiles in mind for his caricature of Scrooge in the opening chapter of A Christmas Carol: “…a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint,secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster.” Solitary, that is, until [...]

    • Michael de Percy says:

      This book of pastoral poems is a classic, and therefore difficult to dismiss off-handedly. What I found interesting were other reviews on . One stated: "I have hardly any clue what I actually read". Virgil reads like Shakespeare, although the work is translated from Latin, so I share the sentiments of the other reviewer! It took me some time to read the poems, as I had to research the various characters and Greek and Roman gods to make sense of it. Even then, the background story of the civil wa [...]

    • Bryony Callaghan says:

      Georgics book IV is a gem even if it gives really bad beekeeping advice.

    • David Bisset says:

      Agriculture and husbandryYes, the above, and nature, and politics, and mythology - and glorious pastoral verse. The Georgics had, for me, too much practical farming, but both works are imbued with Virgil's poetic genius in a translation which respects his hexameters.

    • David says:

      Virgil's Eclogues and Georgics precede his more well-known work The Aeneid and far surpass it it quality. The ten pastoral poems and the four books of agricultural prose that constitute this work show the poet in his true element and are what gained him the initial popularity. Stephen Harris seems to indicate the Eclogues and Georgics were well-received by the Romans of the day who may have been nostalgic for the agrarian lifestyle romanticized in these works of poetry. This initial popularity l [...]

    • Evan Leach says:

      The Eclogues and Georgics are the other two major works of Virgil, more famous for his Aeneid. The Eclogues, a collection of ten poems, were written around 38 b.c. Virgil modeled this collection off of the Greek Bucolic tradition, as exemplified by Theocritus. Bucolic poetry, which generally involves shepherds frolicking around the pastoral countryside and singing to each other, is really (really) not my genre of choice. Eclogues II, IV, and X were the strongest of the bunch, in my opinion. Eclo [...]

    • Brett says:

      This book of pastoral poems from Virgil is very interested in agricultural methods. As I read the first half of it, I was bored out of my skull, spurred on only by the knowledge that the book was very short and that I could finish it quickly and move on to something else.In the second half, something happened. I was sitting with my newborn son, just weeks old. For whatever reason, I decided to start reading the poem out loud to him. The act of reading the language did something to change it for [...]

    • Martin says:

      Just for those who have never seen a Loeb-it has the original Latin (or Greek) on one side with the translation on the following page. The Loeb series are known for their excellent translations and are vital to any researcher or historian who wants to return to the orginal for their primary source. Virgil's Georgics alone make this book a necessity (the Georgics used to be standard reading before and after the revolution in universities) and the Aeneid provides an excellent balance to the Ecloug [...]

    • Penny says:

      I wanted to read this for a long time since Virgil is referred to so regularly in literary analyses but it wasn't as I had expected. These verses deal mainly with shepherding, sheep, ewes, lambs, goat herding, goats, but also bulls, heifers, lions, udders, and adders, wool and equipment such as harrows and yokes the seas, mariners,and the earth, the ploughman, the fields, the trees, the flowers, vines, spices,and of "Heroes with gods commingling" and their deeds, Fates and Destiny. There are f [...]

    • Andrada says:

      I decided to take a break from Mishima and relax with a bit of pastoral poetry. The Eclogues were quite beautiful in their evocation of a idealized country life while the Georgics were at times tedious due to their agricultural theme. I found Hesiod's Works and Days that had the same topic much more entertaining due to Hesiod's entreaties to his good for nothing brother which made it humorous at times while the Georgics interspersed agricultural advice with allegory and mythological ruminations [...]

    • Ryan says:

      Virgil is interesting, to say the least. His apparent obsession with hard work and the country probably arose from his move from the countryside to Rome during Octavian's rise to power. I don't often enjoy poetry, but this time it was tolerable, so I gave it three stars. His reference to a boy savior born of a virgin is mysterious, but most likely refers to Octavian rather than Christ, as Augustine thought. Overall, it's a good read and insightful.

    • Sean Garrett says:

      The Eclogues and Georgics are poems which concern the rising of a new age; while these have constantly been interpreted as Jesus Christ, it is more telling of a Roman Golden Age. The prose demonstrates why Virgil was considered a Wizard, weaving delicately from line to line. Subtle changes in pace and rhythm reflect the reader's eyes grazing the page, sometimes furiously consuming the text, sometimes slowly digesting the work. A must read.

    • D.A. says:

      Slavitt sometimes plays a little fast and loose with Virgil, but his resulting poems are re-inventions that make the work very immediate, as it would have been for Virgil's audience. Best to read his translations alongside the Loeb translations.

    • Noah says:

      Right off the bat, I'll say that I am not the biggest fan of poetry, but these were short and simple. They give insight into pastoral life during the early Roman empire. I found them interesting more for the content than the rhyme or verse itself, but overall, I enjoyed them.

    • Giulia says:

      I read this after studying an excerpt from the Eclogues at university, but I read it for my mere pleasure and leisure. I'll have to say that I didn't expect much from it but it turns out that Virgil's beautiful language (even translated) has a strong impact on the reader, or at least on me.

    • Sean Higgins says:

      Pagan pastoral poetry. If only I was as educated as a first century Roman shepherd, I might have understood (and liked it) more.

    • Gregoire says:

      "l'âge emporte tout même la mémoire Souvent, il m'en souvient, lorsque j'étais enfant, je passais de longues journées à chanter : maintenant j'ai oublié tous ces vers" (in Méris)

    • Hayley Robinson says:

      I enjoyed this book as accomplishing the discovery of Virgil's views and its beautiful language.

    • Idiolalia says:

      The "Eclogues" and "Georgics" (Oxford World's Classics) by Virgil (1999)

    • Snufkin says:

      Pastoral poetry at its very best!

    • Rivka D. says:

      Fun and bucolic.

    • Idiolalia says:

      Eclogues and Georgics (Thrift Edition) by Virgil (2005)

    • Markus says:

      Beautiful reading and a reference in literature.

    • Patrick says:

      I can't say I'm particularly interested in the accumulated wisdom of Roman farmers, but Day-Lewis' translation of Virgil vividly evokes the sounds and patterns of rural life.

    • Jesse Whyte says:

      Not my favorite translation. Notes are decent, though.

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