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    The Poet's Truth: A Study of the Poet in Virgil's Georgics (Hardback) By (author) Christine Perkell


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    DescriptionThe controversy over Virgil's optimism or pessimism, which has long absorbed readers of his poetry, might fruitfully yield to a perspective which allows contradictions to stand unresolved, to constitute, in fact, the essence of his poems' meaning. So interpreted, the pervasive contradictions of the "Georgics" are not problems to be solved, but expressions of the poet's vision of fundamental tensions in human experience. Focusing on the figure of the poet in his relationship to the farmer, Professor Perkell studies oppositions between power and beauty, profit and art, matter and spirit, which are critical to the poem's meaning. She points to the poet's privileging of myth over "praeceptum," of divine revelation over experiment and practice, and of mystery over solution. The poem's oppositions find ultimate expression in the "bougonia," literally false as Georgic precept but metaphorically true as image of Iron Age technology and culture. Through this metaphor, the poet suggests the high value of his own truth and implicitly challenges the values of the agricultural, material poem which the "Georgics" on its surface professes to be. Shaped by insights of reader-response and structuralist criticism, this new study of the "Georgics" should interest Classicists and students of literature.

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    The Poet's Truth
    A Study of the Poet in Virgil's Georgics
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christine Perkell
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 221
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 222 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 540 g
    ISBN 13: 9780520063235
    ISBN 10: 0520063236

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC subject category V2: DSC
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ADL
    DC19: 873.01
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, LIT004190
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    LC classification: PA6804.G4P
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    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    01 December 1989
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    Author Information
    Christine Perkell is an Associate Professor of Classics at Dartmouth. This is her first book.