Eclogues Summary

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Essays & Analysis (13)

15,170 words, approx. 51 pages
In the essay below, Sellar discusses the order of composition of Vergil's Eclogues and maintains that Vergil's earlier poems are imitative of Theocritian poetry. After Vergil mastered th... Read more
9,695 words, approx. 33 pages
In the following essay, Garson focuses on Eclogues 2, 3, 5, 7, and 8, examining their poetics as well as their Theocritean elements. Much of the early scholarship on Virgilian borrowings from Theocrit... Read more
10,083 words, approx. 34 pages
In the essay below, Williams offers a line-by-line analysis of Eclogue 4, contending that the poem's meaning is linked to its historical significance: it is concerned primarily with the establi... Read more
14,653 words, approx. 49 pages
In the following essay, Coleman identifies elements of Theocritus's pastoral poetry that would later influence Vergil and discusses the chronology and arrangement of the Eclogues. Coleman concl... Read more
11,094 words, approx. 37 pages
In the essay below, Alpers presents a detailed analysis of Vergil's Eclogue One and maintains that the poem suspends potential conflicts, thereby achieving a certain harmony. I Virgil's ... Read more
8,775 words, approx. 30 pages
In the following essay, Rose reviews contemporary issues surrounding Vergil's Eclogues, commenting in particular on the criticism of Horace and on political and economic factors that may have i... Read more
6,005 words, approx. 21 pages
In the essay below, originally published in 1953, Snell investigates Vergil's manipulation of the pastoral Arcadian setting in the Eclogues, contending that Vergil synthesized Theocritus'... Read more
13,286 words, approx. 45 pages
In the following essay, Segal studies the literary relationship between Eclogues One and Nine, emphasizing that Vergil's treatment of political issues in these poems is that of a poet rather th... Read more
2,150 words, approx. 8 pages
In the essay below, Wilkinson examines the relationship between the subject of Eclogues One and Nine and political events in Vergil's life. Wilkinson stresses that despite the influence of Verg... Read more
8,107 words, approx. 28 pages
In the essay that follows, Van Sickle analyzes the significance of Arcadia in Vergil's Eclogues and argues that it serves as a poetic symbol used to emphasize the unity of the work as a whole. ... Read more
8,184 words, approx. 28 pages
In the essay below, Leach studies the Song of Silenus in the Sixth Eclogue and explores the principles of unity in its thematic elements and mythological language. Furthermore, Leach demonstrates how ... Read more
11,843 words, approx. 40 pages
In the essay that follows, Segal analyzes the moral outlook of the poem and asserts that in the Sixth Eclogue Vergil uses the pastoral mode to point out a correlation between disorder in the universe ... Read more
5,698 words, approx. 19 pages
In the essay below, Putnam discusses some of the major critical issues surrounding Vergil's Eclogues, arguing that one of the most appealing and pertinent aspects of the collection is Vergil&#x... Read more