The Georgics of Virgil: A Critical Survey
The Georgics -- an impressive, even splendid poem, as L. P. Wilkinson demonstrates -- has not hitherto been the subject of a full-length study in English. In Wilkinson's view, it is the first poem in Western literature in which description is the chief source of pleasure, a poem written not so much to teach farmers as to delight readers. Infused with deep personal feeling and philosophical purpose, the poem is overlaid with a rich texture of religious, political, and symbolic motifs. Wilkinson critically analyzes the Georgics in all these dimensions and examines the poem's intellectual ancestry. He studies closely its literary, philosophic, political, and agricultural aspects, and concludes with an account of the poem's fortunes and influence through the centuries to the present day. Prose translations of all passages quoted make the book accessible to more readers than the students of classics for whom it is primarily intended.
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