Death and Rebirth in Virgil's Arcadia

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SUNY Press, Jul 15, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 140 pages
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Death and Rebirth in Virgil’s Arcadia is an introduction to the Eclogues, based on sound scholarship but also personally felt and addressed to a popular audience. It outlines clearly the literary and historical background of Virgil’s early poems, discusses each eclogue in some detail, and offers a new and challenging interpretation of the collection as a whole. The ten eclogues are shown to be a young poet’s attempt at self-understanding. Their symmetrical arrangement is a journey inward toward the central experience of death, and a journey back toward rebirth and the writing of larger and greater works.
 

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Contents

Mariposa
1
Sicilia
8
Mantua
21
Arcadia
33
Figures in a Landscape
38
Music Eclogues 3 and 7
48
Love Eclogues 2 and 8
58
The City Eclogues 1 and 9
70
The Golden Age Eclogue 4
77
Death Eclogue 5
89
Leaving Arcadia Eclogue 10
96
Reading the Eclogues
101
Interpreting the Eclogues Eclogue 6
113
Notes
121
Index of Names
137
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Father M. Owen Lee is Professor of Classics at the University of Toronto, the author of many books on Virgil and Horace, including Fathers and Sons in Virgil s Aeneid published by SUNY Press, and an internationally known writer and broadcaster.

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