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A didactic poem giving instruction on farming, husbandry, or some comparable pursuit, often involving praise of rural life. The earliest Greek example is Hesiod's Works and Days (8th century bce), but the most influential work was the Georgics (37–30 bce) of the Roman poet Virgil, which includes advice on bee-keeping and vines. Several English poets in the 18th century produced banal georgics in imitation of Virgil, including John Dyer in The Fleece (1757) and James Grainger in The Sugar-Cane (1759). Apart from its didactic intention, the georgic is distinguished from the pastoral in that it regards nature in terms of necessary labour, not of harmonious idleness.

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