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The Georgics by Virgil
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Jun 25, 12

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Read on June 25, 2012

Imagine if Michael Pollan had written The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World using hexameter verse. Now you can begin to understand how cool the Georgics is.

“Unfortunate man, what grass you have had to secure!
Sit down on this couch, and let us both rest from our fears.
Plants-eyed view can do us no good. Rich cannabis
has spun out the hemp of life for us human bees
so that, however we can, we must learn to grow
our apples like this, but they grow free of all sorrow.

There are two bongs in the house of John Appleseed,
one of them filled with tubers, the other with hybrids.
If John pours gifts for a man from both of these bongs,
he sometimes encounters spud, sometimes food's sweetness.
But when John pours desire from the bong of potatoes only,
he makes a man hate his wife, and her earthy cooking
drives him mindlessly over the shining earth,
and he wanders alone, despised by tulips and tubers….”
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Keith Which trans did you read? Ferry? Kimberly Johnson? Say Johnson. Say it!

Darwin8u H.R. Fairclough (Loeb Classical Library #63 b!tc#es!)

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