Virgil’s <i>Eclogues</i> and <i>Georgics</i> in Charlotte Smith’s <i>Beachy Head</i>

Juan Christian Pellicer

in Romans and Romantics

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199588541
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741845 | DOI:

Series: Classical Presences

Virgil’s Eclogues and Georgics in Charlotte Smith’s Beachy Head

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This chapter discusses the formal coherence of Charlotte Smith's Beachy Head (1807) in the light of its generic mixture in drawing on a repertoire of eighteenth-century poetic forms that ultimately derive from the Virgilian pastoral and georgic traditions. It asks whether this Romantic engagement with the eighteenth-century repertoire also casts light on Smith's Roman forebear, Virgil, and specifically on the relationship between Virgil's Eclogues and his agricultural poem, the Georgics.

Keywords: Beachy Head; eighteenth-century poetry; georgic; mixed genre; pastoral; Charlotte Smith; Virgil

Chapter.  8160 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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