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The Eclogues

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Haunting and enigmatic, Virgil's Eclogues combined a Greek literary form with scenes from contemporary Roman life to create a work that inspired a whole European tradition of pastoral poetry. For despite their rustic setting and the beauty of their phrasing, the poems in Virgil's first collection are also grounded in reality. Shepherds are overwhelmed by the torments of po ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 26th 1984 by Penguin Classics (first published -38)
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Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, poetry
Our familiar Virgil tempers the grandeur of the epic with loss, and strikes ambiguous moods in the midst of war glory; but, the lesser known Virgil floods the senses with a rustic imagination drunk on the colourful singing of country air through mountains and over streams. Here the world turns over, like a grave person all wrapped up in earth, and the furniture of the universe weeps with joy for one special child to be seated.

True to his peculiar habits of adopting striking contrasts and raising
Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever felt grass as soft as fleece? Or heard the murmur of the runnel over soft pebbles? Or heard the soft air whisper a soft tune? Perhaps your life has been too hard. In that case, you must escape to Arcadia and meet the creatures of the wood! Pan, Silenus, and Bacchus are there! Nymphs, Dryads and satyrs, oh my! Don't drink the Lethean water under the poplar where Daphnis is masturbating! Who is Daphnis? Well, Hermes and a nymph did the genital dance, and Virgil, that virgin Epicurean ...more
Ma olen aeg-ajalt endamisi mõtisklenud, et kas selles on syydi miskid eelarvamused, et Vana-Kreeka mulle meeldib, aga Vana-Rooma jätab suhteliselt kylmaks, kuid nyyd sain värskelt võrrelda ja tuleb välja, et mulle siiralt (jaa) meeldib Kreeka rohkem. Hiljuti lugesin "Odysseiat" ja see oli arhailine ja poeetiline ja lapselikultki vägev, nyyd maadlesin paar kuud "Aeneisiga" ja raskeks tegi lugemise just selle eriline vuntsitus ja libe voolavus ja loomulikult, tõlge on eriti geniaalne, rytm ja kõik ...more
John Pistelli
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, ancient
I read this, mistakenly, because of Willa Cather; it wasn't until I brought it all the way home from the library that I checked again and saw that she was quoting not the Eclogues but the Georgics in My Ántonia . I read it anyway.

The Eclogues (c.39 BC)—also and more descriptively known as the Bucolics—is a set of ten rural vignettes (hence "eclogue," or selection). This is moreover, according to Wikipedia, among the first collections of what we would call lyric poetry consciously organized by
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm a Latin teacher, so I figured I had to read this book start to finish! I think I kind of have to like it because it's written by the same poet who wrote The Aeneid, but to be honest I was pretty disappointed. It's beautiful writing and I definitely underlined some areas just because the poetry was so exquisite, and I loved learning about this completely different world of shepherding and flute playing.

I guess I was hoping it would be more narrative, like the Aeneid, and instead it was like
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
قد يكون مستغربا أن أمنح فرجيل العظيم أهم و أعظم الشعراء في تراث الرومانيين نجمتين فقط ..
إذن جميل أن أعلل ذلك على الأقل لنفسي فأقول إن هذه الأناشيد المسماة بأناشيد الرعاة و التي كنبها فرجيل ملهم الشعر اللاتيني قاطبة قد كتب ما كتب محاولا النسج على منوال الإغريق و إن لم يصل إلى درجة إتقانهم إذ يبقى التراث اليوناني له قصب السبق في الشعر و المسرح و مختلف الفنون الأدبية .. و حتى لا يضيع الخيط مني أقول :نعم لقد وصف فرجيل الطبيعة حوله و كانت أناشيده العشرة عبارة عن محاورات بين رعاة حول قضايا مختلفة لكن
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tradotte e ripetute all'esame di Latino I.
Ana Rînceanu
Interesting reworking of Greek myths and exploration of several pastoral themes.
Oct 08, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

كلمات مفتاحية:

الرعي - حياة الرعاة - مزمار الراعي - راعيان يتسامران - السهول - الخراف - الجداء - العنزات - الثيران - مبارزة غنائية - المزيد من المبارزات الغنائية - مشهد تحكيمي بين متبارزين غنائييْن - غزَل تخيّلي في هند أو دعد أو ليلى أو أُمامة أو أمثالهنّ من الأسماء المتوهّمة القديمة - مديح لأولي الأمر - تشبيهات بلاغية - المزيد من التشبيهات البلاغية


ولكني أعجبت بهذين السطرين من المبارزة الغنائية بين المتبارزين:

إن الذئب شرٌ على الحظائر، والأمطار على الفاكهة الناضجة، والرياح على الأشجار
Keegan Bucy
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Who am I to write a review on this? History has already spoken. (I will say that this translation, David Ferry's, is excellent, more honest than the Edwardian bowdlerizations many of us were taught. We did our own translation and saw the truth.)
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ten pastoral poems by Virgil. You can read them here:

And then you can read Lycidas and understand the context.
Luke Gavin
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Exceedingly beautiful language.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
The mix of then-current events and poetic invention seemed a bit jarring to me, here and in the Georgics.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ferry allows Virgil to sing, I think, i assume..I have "little latin" by little I mean none
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, poetry
These poems provide the foundation for a definition of pastoral. Virgil's book contains ten pieces, each called not an idyll but an eclogue, populated by and large with herdsmen imagined conversing and singing in largely rural settings, whether suffering or embracing revolutionary change or happy or unhappy love. They are inviting and easy to like, both attractive and intelligent. This was from early in Virgil's career and he is already an accomplished poet. The eclogues, written under the patr ...more
This edition of Vergil's ECLOGUES comes in Cambridge University Press' "Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics" series, and is a typical entry. The Eclogues were Virgil's first literary creation, ten pastoral poems that are often a slavish imitation of the bucolic poetry written by Theocritus, but occasionally show striking originality. The fourth eclogue, a foretelling of a golden age brought in by the birth of a miraculous child, is historically significant as it was appreciated by some in the ear ...more
Sep 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection, literally a “selection”, of ten poems by Virgil. More scholarly individuals see The Eclogues reverberate in works by Marlowe, Milton, Wordsworth, Shelley and Frost to name just a few. To those who approach the poems without such depth to compare, they still possess a charm that seeps through the obvious translation obstacles. Love sought and lost is interspersed with tales of a drunken satyr, death, foreshadowed glory and nostalgia. The arrangement has been open to plenty of interp ...more
Jan 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Vergil
What can I say? It's Vergil, and Vergil is the master poet. Working through the Latin was slow and sometimes laborious, often due to the countless names of trees, flowers, and other plants, but the end result is satisfaction and often longing for the idyllic landscape of Arcadia and the simple lifestyle of the shepherd. The poems purport to be the songs of rustic men, who are taking a break from herding their sheep. They vie with one another over who can play their pipes the most skillfully and ...more
Mar 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe my expectations were too high after the Aeneid, maybe I'm secretly a barbarian at heart, or maybe it's just the fact that I'm not a first century Roman city-dweller secretly longing to be a shepherd, but these poems just didn't do it for me. Of course, it has been a long time since I've either intensively studied Latin or lived on a farm, so take my criticism with a grain of salt...

That said, these poems are short and there's only ten of them, so there's really no reason not to read them o
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Las pinceladas de Virgilio son más sugetsivas, de manera que sus paisajes trasciended el mundo de lo real, porque los lugares en los que hablan los pastores son locus amoenus. Y sus pastores son artificio, solo lo son de nombre.
Mas entre ese plano artificial, ese pretexto alegórico, se coloca al poeta en un tercer plano biográfico mediante el cual mete elementos de su propia experiencia (como las tierras de Mantua, su querido Alejandro, la muerte de César, la paz de Antonio y Octavio...) Muy epi
May 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much more lovely and heartbreaking than Theocritus's "Idylls". There is a definite tone of loss that is more poignant and human. I enjoyed that Virgil draws upon so many subtle references (Medea, Lucretius, Caeser, etc. etc.) and builds upon the foundation of myth that Theocritus had built upon (like Daphnis, everyone's favorite flute boy). I also appreciated the much deeper and robust arrangement of the Eclogues, compared to the prior poet's pastorals, and the decision to weave names throughout ...more
Nov 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Ten pastoral poems without a hint of the epic or heroic, just the small dramas of life on a human scale: lost farms, lost loves, friendship and rivalry, and the trials of living on the margins. A quietly eloquent work, The Eclogues is the world’s first concept album, a collection of lyrics that wrought a revolution that lives, breathes, and sings today, arguably making The Eclogues a greater masterwork than his Aeneid. Ferry’s translation is good enough to do two things: make you forget it’s a t ...more
William Bibliomane
Beneath the still, tranquil surface of Virgil's rural idyll the tensions, horrors, and injustices of the Roman Civil War were still painfully recent, making this longing cycle of the songs of shepherds all the more poignant.

Virgil's 1st Century BCE masterpiece of quiet nostalgia for the simple lives of shepherds, wine, women (or men), and song. A foundational piece of Western literature that is short enough to be within the reach of any student, no matter what age.

Full review here: https://bibli
Silvio Curtis
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Poems about herders. They partly describe the country as an idealized fantasy land, where the people do nothing all day except pursue their complicated love affairs or make songs about other people's, but there are some darker touches where some of them are having their land taken away for unexplained reasons, presumably political. One of the poems is a vague but beautiful prophecy about some kind of future paradise on earth.
Moataz Ibrahim
Apr 13, 2014 rated it liked it
لسبب ما، قرر اللي كتب مقدمة الكتاب إنه ينافس الكاتب نفسه في طول الكتاب، وبالتالي أصبح الحجم شبه مضاعف.

الطريقة المثلي لقراءة أشعار فرجيل هي إنك تتخيل يونانيين بزيهم الشهير بيتكلموا، وإلا هتستتفههم أوي يعني.

فيه حاجات مافهمتهاش وحاجات ماتذوقتهاش، أنا مدرك ده تماما. لكني مدرك برضه إني ماكنتش باقرأ نصوص عادية. ربما قراءة أخري في حياة أخري هتخليني أفهم أكتر.
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I came to the Eclogues when doing research on John Keats' Hyperion. Specifically, I first read Eclogue IV, and despite reading a translation, I was deeply moved by the language and meter. Moreover, a helpful professor pointed out to me that William Blake created woodcuts to illustrate the Eclogues: .
Sep 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: latin, poetry
The commentary (by Clausen) is a great supplement to the Green&Yellow of Coleman; it's also 20 years newer. I'm using it as a supplement for the class, but it's my new primary reading copy. We'll see if Oxford can print a paperback book any better than Cambridge.
Dec 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fr, poetry, latin
Un grand classique de la littérature gréco-latine, dont certains passages restent pour le moins très intriguant. La nature idyllique créée au fil des églogues rappelle une prospérité qui se veut louange de l'époque augustéenne, et montre tout l'art de Virgile.
Roberto Rho
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A leggerlo vien voglia di andare a vivere in campagna...occhio però che la lettura non è semplice, qui i pastori cantano di continuo poemi ad altri pastori, od ascoltatori. Serve una traccia che racconti cosa sta succedendo, altrimenti il tutto risulterà confuso.
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Publius Vergilius Maro (October 15, 70 BCE – September 21, 19 BCE), usually called Virgil or Vergil /ˈvɜrdʒəl/ in English, was an ancient Roman poet of the Augustan period. He is known for three major works of Latin literature, the Eclogues (or Bucolics), the Georgics, and the epic Aeneid. A number of minor poems, collected in the Appendix Vergiliana, are sometimes attributed to him.

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