Georgics

Paperback | February 26, 2009

EditorVirgilTranslated byPeter FallonbyElaine Fantham

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'A countryman cleaves earth with his crooked plough. Such is the labourof his life. So he sustains his native land ...'Virgil's affectionate poem of the land does not admit brief excerpts, any more than the labour of the farmer can easily be shortened. His verse, descriptive and narrative, brings us the disappointments as well as the rewards of the countryman's year-round devotion to his crops, his vines andolives, livestock great and small, and the complex society of bees. Part agricultural manual, part political poem and allegory, the Georgics' scenes are real and vivid, and the poet-farmer Peter Fallon makes us feel the sights, sounds, and textures of the ancient Italian landscape.

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'A countryman cleaves earth with his crooked plough. Such is the labourof his life. So he sustains his native land ...'Virgil's affectionate poem of the land does not admit brief excerpts, any more than the labour of the farmer can easily be shortened. His verse, descriptive and narrative, brings us the disappointments as well as the ...

Peter Fallon grew up on a farm near Kells in County Meath. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where he was Writer Fellow in 1994. He founded The Gallery Press in 1970 and has edited and published more than 300 titles. His own books include News of the World: Selected and New Poems (1978) and Tarry Flynn, a dramatization of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.39 inPublished:February 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199538832

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IntroductionTranslator's NoteSelect BibliographyA Chronology of VirgilGeorgicsExplanatory Notes

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