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Virgil's Elements : Physics and Poetry in the Georgics.

By: Ross, David O., Jr.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Princeton Legacy Library: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014Copyright date: ©2014Description: 1 online resource (269 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781400858620.Subject(s): Agriculture in literature | Didactic poetry, Latin -- History and criticism | Physics in literature | Rome in literature | Virgil -- Knowledge -- Physics | Virgil. -- GeorgicaGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Virgil's Elements : Physics and Poetry in the GeorgicsDDC classification: 873/.01 LOC classification: PA6804.G4 -- R6 1987Online resources: Click here to view book
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Ross's work does not purport to be a general survey of Virgil's Georgics. Libraries in need of such should acquire L.P. Wilkinson, The Georgics of Virgil (CH, Feb '70), M.C.J. Putnam, Virgil's Poem of the Earth (CH, Nov '79), and G.B. Miles, Virgil's Georgics (CH, Nov '80). Rather, Virgil's Elements is a more specialized study of the Empedoclean elements (earth, air, fire, water) with their attendant qualities (hot, cold, wet, dry) in Virgil's poem. These are considered not just as physical essences but as elements of symbolic thought, particularly the elements of poetic thought: ``the pieces used to make the poetic patterns.'' One overall pattern that emerges is a Georgics of two halves, one moving from humankind in the universe (Book I) to their present condition (II), and the other from individual character (III) to its development in history (IV). Ross's thoughts are provocative and engagingly expressed. One of the book's strong points is its insistence (often downplayed by modern critics) that at the base Virgil is genuinely interested in the details of agriculture, that the content of the poem is real and not simply a metaphor of deeper meanings. Recommended for advanced undergraduate and above.-R.B. Lloyd, Randolph-Macon Woman's College

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