The Eclogues of Virgil: Bilingual Edition

The Eclogues of Virgil - Virgil, David Ferry 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 interpretation, but I finished the book unable to appreciate the whole, just its parts. This is the very definition of classical poetry. You take out what you can bring in.

Being fairly unversed in poetry, my rating reflects more of what I’m able to bring rather than the quality of the work.

And I almost forgot. It’s about shepherds and fields. Therefore pastoral. Everyone says so.