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The Georgics of Virgil

A Translation
Virgil (Book - 2005)
The Georgics of Virgil
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John Dryden called Virgil's Georgics , written between 37 and 30 B.C.E., "the best poem by the best poet." The poem, newly translated by the poet and translator David Ferry, is one of the great songs, maybe the greatest we have, of human accomplishment in difficult--and beautiful--circumstances, and in the context of all we share in nature. The Georgics celebrates the crops, trees, and animals, and, above all, the human beings who care for them. It takes the form of teaching about this care: the tilling of fields, the tending of vines, the raising of the cattle and the bees. There's joy in the detail of Virgil's descriptions of work well done, and ecstatic joy in his praise of the very life of things, and passionate commiseration too, because of the vulnerability of men and all other creatures, with all they have to contend with: storms, and plagues, and wars, and all mischance.
Authors: Virgil
Uniform Title: Georgica. English & Latin
Title: The Georgics of Virgil
a translation
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xx, 202 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by David Ferry
Additional Contributors: Ferry, David
ISBN: 9780374530310
9780374161392
0374530319
0374161399
Branch Call Number: 873 V816gf 2005
Other Language: A bilingual edition in English and Latin
Subject Headings: Agriculture Poetry Didactic poetry, Latin Translations into English
Genre/Form: Bilingual books
Topical Term: Agriculture
Latin language edition
Didactic poetry, Latin
LCCN: 2004020023
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"The Georgics celebrates crops, trees, and animals and, above all, the human beings who care for them. It takes the form of teaching about this care: the tilling of fields, the tending of vines, the raising of cattle and bees. There's joy in the detail of Virgil's descriptions of work well d... Read More »

Join the discussion on Feb. 15, 2015. Published in 29 BCE, Virgil's poem celebrates crops, trees, animals, and above all, the humans who care for them. Ostensibly about rural life and farming, the poem is part farming manual, part hymn of praise, part allegory, and contains some of Virgil's fines... Read More »

Comment by: Multcolib_Research May 23, 2013

"The Georgics celebrates crops, trees, and animals and, above all, the human beings who care for them. It takes the form of teaching about this care: the tilling of fields, the tending of vines, the raising of cattle and bees. There's joy in the detail of Virgil's descriptions of work well d... Read More »


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"The Georgics celebrates crops, trees, and animals and, above all, the human beings who care for them. It takes the form of teaching about this care: the tilling of fields, the tending of vines, the raising of cattle and bees. There's joy in the detail of Virgil's descriptions of work well done, and ecstatic joy in his praise of the very life of things, and passionate commiseration too, because of the vulnerability of men and all other creatures to what they have to contend with: storms, and plagues, and wars, and all mischance." And all this is with a touch of mythology. (Virgil, 70–19 B.C.)

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