Georgics of Virgil by David Ferry
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Georgics of Virgil
By David Ferry

The Georgics of Virgil

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Georgics of Virgil by David Ferry

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John Dryden called Virgil's "Georgics," written between 37 and 30 B.C.E., "the best poem by the best poet." The poem, newly translated by the poet and translator David Ferry, is one of the great songs, maybe the greatest we have, of human accomplishment in difficult--and beautiful--circumstances, and in the context of all we share in nature. The "Georgics" celebrates the crops, trees, and animals, and, above all, the human beings who care for them. It takes the form of teaching about this care: the tilling of fields, the tending of vines, the raising of the cattle and the bees. There's joy in the detail of Virgil's descriptions of work well done, and ecstatic joy in his praise of the very life of things, and passionate commiseration too, because of the vulnerability of men and all other creatures, with all they have to contend with: storms, and plagues, and wars, and all mischance.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780374530310
ISBN-10: 0374530319
Classification: Poetry by individual poets
Format: Paperback / softback (210mm x 142mm x 16mm)
Pages: 202
Imprint: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Publish Date: 17-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David Ferry

David Ferry is the translator of "Gilgamesh "(1992), "The Odes of Horace "(1998)," The Eclogues of Virgil "(1999)," "and "The Epistles of Horace" (2001), winner of the Landon Translation Prize--all published by FSG.

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